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SINECURE. In the ecclesiastical law, this term is used to signify that an ecclesiastical officer is without a charge or cure.
     2. In common parlance it means the receipt of a salary for an office when there are no duties to be performed.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The government found it prudent, as indeed it has done with most DIBs, to find him a sinecure. He is a 1972 batch IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, who has served IB for nearly three decades including a stint in Washington DC.
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.
After all this time, with all the high salaries paid to professional senior local government officials, I believe what happens in Town Halls has not improved since the days when a job in local government was regarded as a sinecure.
He added: "The job of chairman is no sinecure, but that goes for everybody else on the board.
Wenger might just decide he has gone as far as he can, and accept a sinecure in French football.
Buchanan added that Wolfowitz's new position was "not your average sinecure. The job commands a munificent salary, tax free.
This is a marvelous collection of books, and taken together, they fill just about every conceivable niche and sinecure related to that Great War.
Years ago it was a side issue and an incidental part of some man's work, but in this day and age of competition, with wages at high water mark and profits low, it has ceased to be a sinecure and calls for ability of the highest order." Performance, according to the article, included "a thorough knowledge of the workings of all the different departments of service ...
Rather than entering the Oval Office, Hart retreated in disgrace to the comfortable wilderness sinecure of many former officials--making good money, dabbling in politics, and writing books.
The White House meeting was canceled, and the writer made his way back to Philadelphia, his chance for a federal sinecure destined to return nevermore.
From nit-picker to ploughman, fishwife to chimney sweep, the catalog of these worst forms of employment should return a pleasant coloring of reality to your office-bound sinecure. You might want to bookmark the site so the next time you're asked to look over a stack of annual reports, you can restore your motivation by just clicking over to what once were the alternatives.
We're way past the days when a directorship on a major company board could even remotely be considered a sinecure; if anything, the demands may be pushing more people away from board service than luring them in.