An example of sinecure is someone who receives money because they are a partner named in the name of a law firm, but no longer practice law.
- Obs. a church benefice not involving the care of souls
- any office or position providing an income or other advantage but requiring little or no work
Origin of sinecure; from Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin (beneficium) sine cura, (benefice) without a cure () ; from Classical Latin sine, without + cura, care: see cure
- A position or office that requires little or no work but provides a salary.
- Archaic An ecclesiastical benefice not attached to the spiritual duties of a parish.
Origin of sinecureFrom Medieval Latin (beneficium) sine c&umacron;ra, (benefice) without cure (of souls) : Latin sine, without + Latin c&umacron;ra, ablative of c&umacron;ra, care; see cure.
(third-person singular simple present sinecures, present participle sinecuring, simple past and past participle sinecured)
- To put or place in a sinecure.