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[sahy-ni-kyoo r, 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.
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Origin of sinecure

1655–65; < Medieval Latin (beneficium) sine cūrā (benefice) without care; see cure
Related formssi·ne·cure·ship, nounsi·ne·cur·ism, nounsi·ne·cur·ist, noun
Can be confusedcynosure sinecure
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  1. a paid office or post involving minimal duties
  2. a Church benefice to which no spiritual or pastoral charge is attached
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Derived Formssinecurism, nounsinecurist, 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


1660s, "church benefice with an emolument but without parish duties," from Medieval Latin beneficium sine cura "benefice without care" (of souls), from Latin sine "without" (see sans) + cura, ablative singular of cura "care" (see cure (n.1)).

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