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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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