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Wednesday, February 06, 2002

Definitions for sinecure

  1. An office or position that requires or involves little or no responsibility, work, or active service.

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Citations for sinecure
I was fortunate to receive the. . . offer, which in practical terms was a sinecure. David Freeman, One of Us
Julian Poe, a wealthy old Estonian, offers what looks like a sinecure: Bennett will live in comfort in Monte Carlo and pretend to be Poe, thus enabling Poe to fulfill his residency requirement in Monte Carlo while continuing to live in Provence without paying French taxes. , New York Times
Origin of sinecure
1655-1665
Sinecure is from Medieval Latin sine cura, "without care (of souls)," from Latin sine, "without" + cura, "care." Originally the term signified an ecclesiastical benefice without the care of souls.