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a Church benefice to which no spiritual or pastoral charge is attached



in the Middle Ages, an ecclesiastical office that brought in income without being connected with the fulfillment of any obligations or without even requiring residence at the place of appointment. The granting of sinecures was widely practiced by the papacy. The word “sinecure” became a pejorative term used to designate a well-paying office not requiring any special work.

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Too many of them, it seems, want to remain on the taxpayer rolls with a secure sinecure while refusing to do core aspects of their job.
After serving his prison sentence, Fegan returns to Belfast and is given a sinecure by the Party to support him.
He immediately started speaking out on administration policy, indicating his job is no sinecure.
When the OUS advertised the vice-chancellor's position that Rose filled last year, the job didn't sound like a tweedy sinecure.
Sur le papier, la resorption de cette problematique n'a rien d'une sinecure.
It's nothing more than a sinecure for a party political mediocrity to fill at PS100,000+ a year.
The news that an "interim director of community services" at Liverpool Council was paid almost a third of a million pounds for her request to take voluntary severance (ie resign) because she came second in a council sinecure, beggars belief.
It would be wrong if, as now happens, members were to use the new house as a sinecure to come and go at will without earning our respect but get paid for work not done.
Instead of extending the age of retirement, as indeed several countries such as the US have done, the government of India seems to have adopted an ad hoc policy of rehiring and almost anyone who is anyone, manages to find a sinecure, post- retirement.
A five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry struck down a government notification that dislodged Sohaid Ahmad as Establishment Secretary and made him an officer on special duty, a sinecure office.
Islamabad, July 27 (ANI): The Pakistan Government has relegated its Establishment Secretary, Sohail Ahmed, to a sinecure post of 'officer on special duty' (OSD), after he had submitted to the Supreme Court a notification transferring Hussain Asghar, the Inspector General of Police of Gilgit-Baltistan, back to the Federal Investigation Agency in the face of a stern contempt of court charge for not complying with its orders.