sinecure

[ sahy-ni-kyoo r, sin-i- ]
/ ˈsaɪ nɪˌkyʊər, ˈsɪn ɪ- /

noun

an office or position requiring little or no work, especially one yielding profitable returns.
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

OTHER WORDS FROM sinecure

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH sinecure

cynosure sinecure
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British Dictionary definitions for sinecure

sinecure
/ (ˈsaɪnɪˌkjʊə) /

noun

a paid office or post involving minimal duties
a Church benefice to which no spiritual or pastoral charge is attached

Derived forms of sinecure

sinecurism, nounsinecurist, noun

Word Origin for sinecure

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