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
- ‘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.’
- ‘That's an unexpected perquisite that has benefited my daily life away from the poker tables.’
- ‘Salaries and perquisites are unlikely to have kept greedy men satisfied enough to prevent it.’
- ‘To carry out this function the Speaker was supplied with silver by the Crown, which he retained as a perquisite after leaving office.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘With workers in demand, employees can easily leave one organization and seek a better salary and perquisites in a new position.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It hardly needs saying that their salaries are not over generous or that perquisites are few.’
- ‘This level of gambling makes him a ‘whale’ in casino terms, given all sorts of perquisites.’
- ‘The loss or diminution of salary and other contractual perquisites are claimed as special damages.’
- ‘He increased the university's endowment and, at the same time, enormously expanded administrative costs and perquisites.’
- ‘He is a symbol for them of their own high status and perquisites, which are now threatened.’
- ‘The representatives of both families regarded their seats as family perquisites.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They will there be showered with perquisites, first and not least among them that they will never again have to read another screenplay.’
- ‘They desire fair compensation and financial benefits as well as the perquisites of many managerial jobs.’
- ‘As he has evidently now discovered, the trappings of high office are not limited to posh perquisites and media glare.’
- ‘Outside appointments confer prestige and status, as well as financial rewards and perquisites.’
- ‘It goes to the accountability and the powers and perquisites of the government.’
- 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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