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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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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.
Sinecures in publishing and the academic world, which paid little and demanded less, dried up, so that writers had less time for their own work.
I do not know how many other offices or sinecures she has, but she seems to pop up everywhere - although not that often at council committee meetings, I understand, to the dissatisfaction of many of her colleagues.
budget and feel little responsibility for global governance often want the institution to be a place of sinecures and pompous speeches.
But as reform began to change the nature of politics (and sinecures) in the nineteenth century, the dukes continued to spend on a semi-royal scale.
If Kulongoski were seeking to remove effective opponents from the Legislature by kicking them into comfortable sinecures, Williams' appointment would make no sense.
Minority observers mourned the loss of Republican stalwarts far beyond the sinecures and patronage posts of the South.
Sinecures, they argued, put government offices in the hands of idle rich men who drew all the emoluments, but farmed out whatever work was attached to them for a fraction of the profits.
In some of these sinecures there was no work to be done, ancient responsibilities having withered away although the incomes continued to be paid.
This myopia has been fostered by a steady flow of cash, sinecures and pensions to guide their thoughts in an acceptable direction.
Retired bureaucrats hoover up these sinecures with the happy collusion of donor agencies and private consultancy companies that keep a herd of consultants on the books, all for hire.