What does the word sinecure mean?

Usage examples for sinecure

  1. This was done in 1810 by the appointment of two Watchmen, John Ferguson and Edward Dowler, at a salary of $ 250 per annum; and the records of the time do not show that these persons held their office as a sinecure. – The History of Louisville, from the Earliest Settlement till the Year 1852 by Ben Casseday
  2. His life is no sinecure; and a methodical arrangement of his time will be necessary, in order to perform his many duties with any satisfaction to himself or his master. – The Book of Household Management by Mrs. Isabella Beeton
  3. The latter was thinking the same thing, and was more than ever convinced that Sir Anson had spoken the bare truth in saying that he would find his charge no sinecure. – Harley Greenoak's Charge by Bertram Mitford