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 extraperk, fringe benefit, additional benefit, benefit, advantage, bonus, dividend, extra, plus, premium, consideration, rewardView synonyms
- ‘They desire fair compensation and financial benefits as well as the perquisites of many managerial jobs.’
- ‘The loss or diminution of salary and other contractual perquisites are claimed as special damages.’
- ‘That's an unexpected perquisite that has benefited my daily life away from the poker tables.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They will there be showered with perquisites, first and not least among them that they will never again have to read another screenplay.’
- ‘He increased the university's endowment and, at the same time, enormously expanded administrative costs and perquisites.’
- ‘Salaries and perquisites are unlikely to have kept greedy men satisfied enough to prevent it.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The proposal is premised on the idea that tenure exists as a perquisite, a personal entitlement, and nothing more.’
- ‘It goes to the accountability and the powers and perquisites of the government.’
- ‘Outside appointments confer prestige and status, as well as financial rewards and perquisites.’
- ‘To carry out this function the Speaker was supplied with silver by the Crown, which he retained as a perquisite after leaving office.’
- ‘He is a symbol for them of their own high status and perquisites, which are now threatened.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The representatives of both families regarded their seats as family perquisites.’
- ‘She asked him if he missed the perquisites of being Speaker of the House.’
- ‘As he has evidently now discovered, the trappings of high office are not limited to posh perquisites and media glare.’
- ‘This level of gambling makes him a ‘whale’ in casino terms, given all sorts of perquisites.’
- 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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