[ sahy-ni-kyoor, sin-i- ]
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  1. an office or position requiring little or no work, especially one yielding profitable returns.

  2. an ecclesiastical benefice without cure of souls.

Origin of sinecure

First recorded in 1655–65; from Medieval Latin (beneficium) sine cūrā “(benefice) without care (of parishioners).” See cure

Other words from sinecure

  • si·ne·cure·ship, noun
  • si·ne·cur·ism, noun
  • si·ne·cur·ist, noun

Words that may be confused with sinecure

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How to use sinecure in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for sinecure


/ (ˈsaɪnɪˌkjʊə) /

  1. a paid office or post involving minimal duties

  2. a Church benefice to which no spiritual or pastoral charge is attached

Origin of sinecure

C17: from Medieval Latin phrase (beneficium) sine cūrā (benefice) without cure (of souls), from Latin sine without + cūra cure, care

Derived forms of sinecure

  • sinecurism, noun
  • sinecurist, noun

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