Definition of sinecure in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsīnəkyo͝or/


A position requiring little or no work but giving the holder status or financial benefit.
Example sentences
  • But transforming teacher jobs from moderately paid union sinecures to highly paid professional positions sounds like a good first step.
  • I find it very amusing that the right wing ‘intellectuals,’ from their ivory tower think tanks and millionaire supported sinecures at political magazines, have still failed to recognize that.
  • Political positions must not be treated as sinecures.
easy job, cushy job, soft option
informal picnic, cinch, easy money, free ride, gravy train



Pronunciation: /ˈsīnəkyo͝orizəm/ /si-/
Example sentences
  • The poorest countries in the rurally protected cartel will be helped out of the mire of previously accepted Socialistic sinecurism.
  • The 1970s were the apogee of taxpayer-funded sinecurism: by 1980, the state had an army of 7.4 million pensionaries.
  • Industry had always been besieged by insecurities and sinecurism and Department A was not the exception.


Pronunciation: /ˈsinəˌkyo͝orəst/
Example sentences
  • His hatred was strong for sinecurists and all other ‘tax-eaters’ who fed off the high taxation that impoverished the common people.
  • Those who best serve their country too often pine and decay, whilst pensioned miscreants and lazy sinecurists roll in riches.
  • Suppose the debt repudiated, the sinecurists cut off, the army disbanded, the officers and men of the navy discharged and the ships sold.


Mid 17th century: from Latin sine cura 'without care'.

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Syllabification: si·ne·cure

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