One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A benefit which one enjoys or is entitled to on account of one's job or position.‘the wife of a president has all the perquisites of stardom’
benefit, value, reward, merit, good point, strong point, asset, plus, bonus, boon, blessing, virtue, privilege, perk, fringe benefit, additional benefit, added extraView synonyms
- ‘Outside appointments confer prestige and status, as well as financial rewards and perquisites.’
- ‘Usually, the erring civil servants could only be punished by a transfer to some other post or region, without any cuts in their existing salary or perquisites.’
- ‘The representatives of both families regarded their seats as family perquisites.’
- ‘It hardly needs saying that their salaries are not over generous or that perquisites are few.’
- ‘With workers in demand, employees can easily leave one organization and seek a better salary and perquisites in a new position.’
- ‘He is a symbol for them of their own high status and perquisites, which are now threatened.’
- ‘He increased the university's endowment and, at the same time, enormously expanded administrative costs and perquisites.’
- ‘That's an unexpected perquisite that has benefited my daily life away from the poker tables.’
- ‘It goes to the accountability and the powers and perquisites of the government.’
- ‘They will there be showered with perquisites, first and not least among them that they will never again have to read another screenplay.’
- ‘As he has evidently now discovered, the trappings of high office are not limited to posh perquisites and media glare.’
- ‘Life at Court was in fact an endless pursuit of advantage, status, pensions, offices, and perquisites from those whom royal favour endowed with power to bestow them.’
- ‘To carry out this function the Speaker was supplied with silver by the Crown, which he retained as a perquisite after leaving office.’
- ‘Salaries and perquisites are unlikely to have kept greedy men satisfied enough to prevent it.’
- ‘The loss or diminution of salary and other contractual perquisites are claimed as special damages.’
- ‘To the extent that it repudiates those duties, it is accountable to the society in which it functions and from which it enjoys its freedoms, privileges and perquisites.’
- ‘She asked him if he missed the perquisites of being Speaker of the House.’
- ‘The proposal is premised on the idea that tenure exists as a perquisite, a personal entitlement, and nothing more.’
- ‘This level of gambling makes him a ‘whale’ in casino terms, given all sorts of perquisites.’
- ‘They desire fair compensation and financial benefits as well as the perquisites of many managerial jobs.’
- 1.1historical A thing which has served its primary use and to which a subordinate or employee has a customary right.
Late Middle English: from medieval Latin perquisitum ‘acquisition’, from Latin perquirere ‘search diligently for’, from per- ‘thoroughly’ + quaerere ‘seek’.
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