Definition of sinecure in English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Examples abound of cosy sinecures being parcelled out to those who have served in constitutional posts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To bring in black supporters who are not pushed into sinecures is now its big challenge.’
    • ‘Because access to resources depended upon being inside the state apparatus, patrons rewarded supporters with sinecures in the government and nationalized industries.’
    • ‘The government of San Marino should be advised the Flea stands ready for any offers of citizenship or professorial 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.’
    • ‘A governorship was a lucrative and prestigious position, but it was not a sinecure.’
    • ‘One insider linked with the private security business said: ‘All these jobs are a nice sinecure for a cop.’’
    • ‘The only new hires that diversity initiatives generate are in college administrations, already overloaded with sinecures.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    easy job, soft option
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Mid 17th century: from Latin sine cura ‘without care’.