Definition of sinecure in English:



  • A position requiring little or no work but giving the holder status or financial benefit.

    ‘political sinecures for the supporters of ministers’
    • ‘The government of San Marino should be advised the Flea stands ready for any offers of citizenship or professorial sinecures.’
    • ‘Because they do not want to acknowledge the squalor and the cronyism inherent in the devolution settlement, on which all their well-paid sinecures depend, is the answer.’
    • ‘Political positions must not be treated as sinecures.’
    • ‘You had to be ‘an exceptionally good judge’ - otherwise known as a person with an intense desire to hang on to a sinecure - in order to appreciate them.’
    • ‘One insider linked with the private security business said: ‘All these jobs are a nice sinecure for a cop.’’
    • ‘The problem is, he is demonstrably no intellectual of any great ability (his record attests to that), he is ill-disciplined and looks to the academic sector for a comfortable sinecure.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Doctors, nurses and teachers in the productive public sector have had their pension rights compromised by the mushrooming of public sinecures.’
    • ‘We don't really need them - their ‘jobs’ are little more than sinecures.’
    • ‘Because access to resources depended upon being inside the state apparatus, patrons rewarded supporters with sinecures in the government and nationalized industries.’
    • ‘A governorship was a lucrative and prestigious position, but it was not a sinecure.’
    • ‘Examples abound of cosy sinecures being parcelled out to those who have served in constitutional posts.’
    • ‘To bring in black supporters who are not pushed into sinecures is now its big challenge.’
    • ‘British governments have an appalling record of underestimating the cost of new technology: it always escalates once people realise there are nice safe sinecures to be had.’
    • ‘Of course, most of us are dead anyway - killed by imploded livers, scorched lungs, caved-in septa, public relations salaries or academic sinecures.’
    • ‘But the fact is, the public sector is also carrying many passengers, occupying sinecures in local and central government at the expense of their fellow citizens.’
    • ‘The only new hires that diversity initiatives generate are in college administrations, already overloaded with sinecures.’
    • ‘But transforming teacher jobs from moderately paid union sinecures to highly paid professional positions sounds like a good first step.’
    • ‘Yet it is not only those who are used to cosy bureaucratic sinecures who would rather gain political legitimacy from those ‘without a voice’ than take their chances with the voting public.’
    • ‘Unlike the Parliament, the Commission is not elected, but appointed by the member-states, and is frequently used as a sinecure for retired or has-been politicians.’
    easy job, soft option
    cushy number, money for old rope, money for jam, picnic, doddle, walk in the park, cinch, gravy train
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Mid 17th century: from Latin sine cura without care.