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From Latin sine (without) + cūrā (care) in beneficium sine cūrā (benefice without care).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsaɪ.nɪ.kjʊə/, /ˈsɪ.nɪ.kjʊə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈsaɪ.nə.kjʊɹ/, /ˈsɪn.ə.kjʊɹ/
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sinecure (plural sinecures)

  1. A position that requires no work but still gives an ample payment; a cushy job.
    Synonym: (Britain, informal) cushy number
    • 1848, William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair, Chapter 14:
      Miss Briggs was not formally dismissed, but her place as companion was a sinecure and a derision ...
    • 1848, Thomas Babington Macaulay, The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, Volume III, Chapter XI, page 35:
      A lucrative sinecure in the Excise was bestowed on Ferguson.
    • 1913, George Bernard Shaw, “Appendix”, in Pygmalion[1]:
      His prospects consisted of a hope that if he kept up appearances somebody would do something for him. The something appeared vaguely to his imagination as a private secretaryship or a sinecure of some sort.
    • 2009, Michael O'Connor, Quadrant, November 2009, No. 461 (Volume LIII, Number 11), Quadrant Magazine Limited, page 25:
      In the ADF, while the numbers vary between the individual services and the reserves, employment is no comfortable sinecure for any personnel and thus does not appeal to many people, male or female, especially under current pay scales.
    • 2010, Mungo MacCallum, The Monthly, April 2010, Issue 55, The Monthly Ptd Ltd, page 28:
      However, by the time of World War II (if not before), politics, at least in the federal sphere, was no longer regarded as sinecure for well-intentioned part-timers.
  2. (historical) An ecclesiastical benefice without the care of souls.

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sinecure (not comparable)

  1. Requiring no work for an ample reward. In general this usage is tautological and should be avoided.
    A sinecure post = A sinecure.
  2. Having the appearance of functionality without being of any actual use or purpose.
    • 1831, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Romance and Reality, volume 3, page 157:
      The old man hastily pulled down his spectacles from their sinecure office on his forehead, and looked at her with an expression of most angry amazement.


sinecure (third-person singular simple present sinecures, present participle sinecuring, simple past and past participle sinecured)

  1. (transitive) To put or place in a sinecure.

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From French sinécure, from Latin sine (without) + cūra (care).


  • IPA(key): /sinəkyːrə/, [sinəˈkʰyːɐ]


sinecure c (singular definite sinecuren, plural indefinite sinecurer)

  1. (rare) sinecure (a position that requires no work but still gives a payment)


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