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sinecure

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noun si·ne·cure \ˈsī-ni-ˌkyu̇r, ˈsi-\

Simple Definition of sinecure

  • : a job or position in which someone is paid to do little or no work

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sinecure

  1. 1 archaic :  an ecclesiastical benefice without cure of souls

  2. 2 :  an office or position that requires little or no work and that usually provides an income

Did You Know?

Sinecure comes from the Medieval Latin phrase sine cura, which literally means "without cure." No, the first sinecures were not cushy jobs for those suffering with incurable maladies. The word sinecure first referred to "an ecclesiastical benefice without cure of souls"—that is, a church position in which the job-holder did not have to tend to the spiritual care and instruction of church members. Such sinecures were virtually done away with by the end of the 19th century, but by then the word had acquired a broader sense referring to any paid position with few or no responsibilities.

Origin of sinecure

Medieval Latin sine cura without cure (of souls)


First Known Use: 1662


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