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si·ne·cure

 (sī′nĭ-kyo͝or′, sĭn′ĭ-)
n.
1. A position or office that requires little or no work but provides a salary.
2. Archaic An ecclesiastical benefice not attached to the spiritual duties of a parish.

[From Medieval Latin (beneficium) sine cūrā, (benefice) without cure (of souls) : Latin sine, without + Latin cūrā, ablative of cūra, care; see cure.]

si′ne·cur·ism n.
si′ne·cur′ist n.

sinecure

(ˈsaɪnɪˌkjʊə)
n
1. a paid office or post involving minimal duties
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a Church benefice to which no spiritual or pastoral charge is attached
[C17: from Medieval Latin phrase (beneficium) sine cūrā (benefice) without cure (of souls), from Latin sine without + cūra cure, care]
ˈsineˌcurism n
ˈsineˌcurist n

si•ne•cure

(ˈsaɪ nɪˌkyʊər, ˈsɪn ɪ-)

n.
1. an office or position requiring little or no work, esp. one yielding profitable returns.
2. Archaic. an ecclesiastical benefice without cure of souls.
[1655–65; < Medieval Latin (beneficium) sine cūrā (benefice) without care]
si′ne•cure•ship`, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sinecure - a benefice to which no spiritual or pastoral duties are attached
benefice, ecclesiastical benefice - an endowed church office giving income to its holder
2.sinecure - an office that involves minimal duties
berth, billet, post, situation, position, office, place, spot - a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury"

sinecure

noun cushy number (informal), honesty, gravy train (slang), soft option, soft job (informal), money for jam or old rope (informal) a lucrative sinecure with a big law firm
Translations

sinecure

[ˈsaɪnɪkjʊəʳ] Nsinecura f

sinecure

nPfründe f, → Sinekure f (geh); this job is no sinecure!diese Arbeit ist kein Ruheposten

sinecure

[ˈsaɪnɪkjʊəʳ] nsinecura
References in classic literature ?
That perhaps it was a little indecent that the principal registrar of all, whose duty it was to find the public, constantly resorting to this place, all needful accommodation, should be an enormous sinecurist in virtue of that post (and might be, besides, a clergyman, a pluralist, the holder of a staff in a cathedral, and what not), - while the public was put to the inconvenience of which we had a specimen every afternoon when the office was busy, and which we knew to be quite monstrous.
There was again, an administrative rationale, for the excise was collected by efficient bureaucrats rather than lay commissioners (as with the assessed and land taxes) or sinecurists (as with the customs).
Sinecurists with high falutin' appendages to their names,have tried all kinds of cock-eyed remedies to curb these hoodlums;apart from the one that works.