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sinecure

[sahy-ni-kyoo r, sin-i-] /ˈsaɪ nɪˌkyʊər, ˈsɪn ɪ-/
noun
1.
an office or position requiring little or no work, especially one yielding profitable returns.
2.
an ecclesiastical benefice without cure of souls.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < Medieval Latin (beneficium) sine cūrā (benefice) without care; see cure
Related forms
sinecureship, noun
sinecurism, noun
sinecurist, noun
Can be confused
cynosure, sinecure.
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British Dictionary definitions for sinecure ship

sinecure

/ˈsaɪnɪˌkjʊə/
noun
1.
a paid office or post involving minimal duties
2.
a Church benefice to which no spiritual or pastoral charge is attached
Derived Forms
sinecurism, noun
sinecurist, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin phrase (beneficium) sine cūrā (benefice) without cure (of souls), from Latin sine without + cūra cure, care
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Word Origin and History for sinecure ship

sinecure

n.

1660s, "church benefice with an emolument but without parish duties," from Medieval Latin beneficium sine cura "benefice without care" (of souls), from Latin sine "without" (see sans) + cura, ablative singular of cura "care" (see cure (n.1)).

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