sinecure

If you have a cushy job — one that pays, but involves minimal work — then you have a sinecure. "Because he was the brother of the CEO, he was offered a sinecure in the company: he showed up each day and collected a pay check, but others actually did his work."

The noun sinecure comes from the Latin root words sine cura meaning "without care." It originally was used to describe a church position that did not include caring for the souls of parishioners, but that meaning is considered archaic now. The word is now usually associated with political appointments.

DEFINITIONS OF: sinecure

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n an office that involves minimal duties

Type of:
berth, billet, office, place, position, post, situation, spot
a job in an organization

n a benefice to which no spiritual or pastoral duties are attached

Type of:
benefice, ecclesiastical benefice
an endowed church office giving income to its holder
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