Definition of sinecure in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsʌɪnɪkjʊə/
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪnɪkjʊə/


A position requiring little or no work but giving the holder status or financial benefit: political sinecures for the supporters of ministers
More 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, soft option
informal cushy number, money for old rope, money for jam, picnic, doddle, walk in the park, cinch, gravy train
Australian informal bludge



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: /ˈsʌɪnɪkjʊərɪst/ Pronunciation: /ˈsɪnɪkjʊərɪst/
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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