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He does have a job in the company library, an undemanding sinecure where he can do a lot of reading without bothering anyone, and occasionally he does a little research for one of the legitimate biologists on the staff.
William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  a paid position that involves minimal duties
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  • He does have a job in the company library, an undemanding sinecure where he can do a lot of reading without bothering anyone, and occasionally he does a little research for one of the legitimate biologists on the staff.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • After confessing to these things they had been pardoned, reinstated in the Party, and given posts which were in fact sinecures but which sounded important.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • By some writers this office is called a sinecure.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • There is no such position officially, but it sometimes came into existence through necessity, and was the opposite of a sinecure.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace

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  • The something appeared vaguely to his imagination as a private secretaryship or a sinecure of some sort.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • In short, I went on thus for a long time (I may say it without boasting), faithfully minding my business, till it became more and more evident that my townsmen would not after all admit me into the list of town officers, nor make my place a sinecure with a moderate allowance.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Those who have succeeded in procuring this admirable materialism have the joy of feeling themselves irresponsible, and of thinking that they can devour everything without uneasiness,—places, sinecures, dignities, power, whether well or ill acquired, lucrative recantations, useful treacheries, savory capitulations of conscience,—and that they shall enter the tomb with their digestion accomplished.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • His stable services were merely a sinecure, and consisted simply in a daily care and inspection, and directing an under-servant in his duties; for Marie St. Clare declared that she could not have any smell of the horses about him when he came near her, and that he must positively not be put to any service that would make him unpleasant to her, as her nervous system was entirely inadequate to any trial of that nature; one snuff of anything disagreeable being, according to her account,…
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Miss Briggs was not formally dismissed, but her place as companion was a sinecure and a derision; and her company was the fat spaniel in the drawing-room, or occasionally the discontented Firkin in the housekeeper’s closet.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • The average working week was now about twenty hours— but those twenty hours were no sinecure.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End

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  • I walked in a world of their invention—they had no occasion whatever to draw upon mine; so that my time was taken only with being, for them, some remarkable person or thing that the game of the moment required and that was merely, thanks to my superior, my exalted stamp, a happy and highly distinguished sinecure.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • The eldest son was following in his father’s footsteps only in another department, and was already approaching that stage in the service at which a similar sinecure would be reached. the third son was a failure.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • She tried to have him appointed to the postmastership, which, since all the work was done by assistants, was the one sinecure in town, the one reward for political purity.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • That perhaps it was a little indecent that the principal registrar of all, whose duty it was to find the public, constantly resorting to this place, all needful accommodation, should be an enormous sinecurist in virtue of that post (and might be, besides, a clergyman, a pluralist, the holder of a staff in a cathedral, and what not), — while the public was put to the inconvenience of which we had a specimen every afternoon when the office was busy, and which we knew to be quite…
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • He looked as though he did not take his salary from the public company, whose servant he was, for a sinecure.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • His job was not a sinecure.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • He set up a government within the government-by moving the decimal points in appropriations and salaries, sending his speechless enemies to tiny towns in Calabria, and rewarding sycophants with sinecures.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Ser Ilyn’s appointment had been a wedding gift from Robert Baratheon to the father of his bride, a sinecure to compensate Payne for the tongue he’d lost in the service of House Lannister.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • That he entered; and he learnt the rules of the game so well and played it so assiduously that he emerged at the age of sixty with a Lady Margaret for wife, with a knighthood, with a sinecure of some sort, three sons, and a country house.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • Were he a gentleman doing his best to get a pension or a sinecure instead of sweeping a crossing, nobody would blame him; for deciding that so long as the alternative lies between living mainly at the expense of the community and allowing the community to live mainly at his, it would be folly to accept what is to him personally the greater of the two evils.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • Some laughed; some said, by way of complete excuse, that the post was virtually a sinecure, and any fool who could spell his name was good enough for it; some, and these the more solemn political oracles, said that Decimus did wisely to strengthen himself, and that the sole constitutional purpose of all places within the gift of Decimus, was, that Decimus should strengthen himself.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Life was not a task to him, but a sinecure.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • CHAPTER III RELATES HOW OLIVER TWIST WAS VERY NEAR GETTING A PLACE WHICH WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN A SINECURE For a week after the commission of the impious and profane offence of asking for more, Oliver remained a close prisoner in the dark and solitary room to which he had been consigned by the wisdom and mercy of the board.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • He even had a job, a sinecure, more highly-paid than his old job had been.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Be it said, that in this vocation of whaling, sinecures are unknown; dignity and danger go hand in hand; till you get to be Captain, the higher you rise the harder you toil.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • …perfectly clean again; as clean as everything else in that wonderful house-place, where the only chance of collecting a few grains of dust would be to climb on the salt-coffer, and put your finger on the high mantel-shelf on which the glittering brass candlesticks are enjoying their summer sinecure; for at this time of year, of course, every one goes to bed while it is yet light, or at least light enough to discern the outline of objects after you have bruised your shins against them.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • …should not be obliged to spend a little of that money, in finding a reasonably safe place for the important documents which all classes of people were compelled to hand over to them, whether they would or no. That, perhaps, it was a little unjust, that all the great offices in this great office should be magnificent sinecures, while the unfortunate working-clerks in the cold dark room upstairs were the worst rewarded, and the least considered men, doing important services, in London.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • By some writers this office is called a sinecure.
    Melville, Herman  --  Moby Dick LXVIII-CXXXIV
  • You must prepare yourself for a querulous invalid, and for no sinecure if you get the billet.
    Hornung, E. W.  --  Raffles, Further Adventures Of The Amateur Cracksman
  • The attendant of this place was temporarily absent, probably because the only guests were at dinner and his office was a sinecure.
    Chesterton, Gilbert K.  --  The Innocence Of Father Brown
  • I will take care that your new office shall be a sinecure.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  Law and the Lady
  • The something appeared vaguely to his imagination as a private secretaryship or a sinecure of some sort.
    Shaw, George Bernard  --  Pygmalion
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