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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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Examples for sinecure
  • He wrote scholarly papers, jousted in the departmental lists, aspired to the sinecure of tenure.
  • Many of the comments put forward interesting ideas about how to provide security without creating a sinecure.
  • The message boards erupted in panic, some of it from veteran players who didn't want to lose their sinecure.
  • Being bumped out of such a sinecure is cruel punishment.
  • As several thousand pounds arc seized each week, it is to be presumed that their office is not a sinecure.
  • Success would qualify her for a lifetime sinecure teaching at a lycée, and liberate her from her family.
  • It may be that he shall have a sinecure for life if the students choose to vote their disapproval with their feet.
  • There is no magic relief number that is a sinecure for a solution.
  • Even when they're in raving bounty, as they are this year, gathering beach plums is no sinecure.
  • The something appeared vaguely to his imagination as a private secretaryship or a sinecure of some sort.
British Dictionary definitions for sinecure

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
sinecure
1662, "church benefice without parish duties," from M.L. beneficium sine cura "benefice without care" (of souls), from L. sine "without" + cura, ablative sing. of cura "care" (see cure).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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