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Definition an incidental benefit awarded for certain types of employment (especially if it is regarded as a right)


a right reserved exclusively by a particular person or group (especially a hereditary or official right)
  • It's the one perquisite allowed to the host, isn't it, Frank?
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • The French public officers are paid by a fixed salary; in America they are allowed certain perquisites.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • My altar never lacked a feast at Troy nor spilt wine, nor the smoke of sacrifice— perquisites of the gods.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • The truth is, he was attached to the lady's maid in question, and indignant that she should have been robbed of her perquisites.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Men began to pride themselves on having nothing to do with their own government, and to agree tacitly with those who regarded public office as a private perquisite.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Also to dislike the perquisites of power—through seeing a young paratrooper crushed by his own pack, overweight with unnecessary items he carried for the general.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • The apple lay untouched on her desk until the next morning, when little Timothy Andrews, who swept the school and kindled the fire, annexed it as one of his perquisites.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • "Yes, my feller-citizens and ladies of de other sex in general, I has principles,—I'm proud to 'oon 'em,—they 's perquisite to dese yer times, and ter all times.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • One voyage, I recollect, I tipped him a live sheep out of the remnant of my sea-stock: not that I wanted him to do anything for me—he couldn't, you know—but because his childlike belief in the sacred right to perquisites quite touched my heart.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • For even the high lifted and chivalric Crusaders of old times were not content to traverse two thousand miles of land to fight for their holy sepulchre, without committing burglaries, picking pockets, and gaining other pious perquisites by the way.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • As for the chance episcopal perquisites, the fees for marriage bans, dispensations, private baptisms, sermons, benedictions, of churches or chapels, marriages, etc., the Bishop levied them on the wealthy with all the more asperity, since he bestowed them on the needy.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He didn't give me a chance to ask about my son Jaime or to congratulate him for the valiant actions of the soldiers who had saved the nation; instead he asked for the keys to my car, on the ground that Congress had been shut down and that all Congressional perquisites had therefore been suspended.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • must retreat from both love and pleasure, gather up your own rubbish and refuse—the hats and pants and shoes which you drag through the world—and retreat since the gods condone and practise these and the dreamy immeasurable coupling which floats oblivious above the trammelling and harried instant, the: was-not is: war is a perquisite only of balloony and weightless elephants and whales: but maybe if there were sin too maybe you would not be permitted to escape, uncouple, return.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • ...enjoyed, would feel a propensity, not easy to be resisted by such a man, to make the best use of the opportunity he enjoyed while it lasted, and might not scruple to have recourse to the most corrupt expedients to make the harvest as abundant as it was transitory; though the same man, probably, with a different prospect before him, might content himself with the regular perquisites of his situation, and might even be unwilling to risk the consequences of an abuse of his opportunities.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • It is true she was pretty well besides, that is to say, she had about #1400 in money, which she gave him; and the other, after some time, she brought to light as a perquisite to herself, which he was to accept as a mighty favour, seeing though it was not to be his, it might ease him in the article of her particular expenses; and I must add, that by this conduct the gentleman himself became not only the more humble in his applications to her to obtain her, but also was much the more an...
    Daniel Defoe  --  Moll Flanders
  • Because the Lord Warden is busily employed at times in fobbing his perquisites; which are his chiefly by virtue of that same fobbing of them.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • When he had been a certain number of years at the head of Miss Crawley's establishment, where he had had good wages, fat perquisites, and plenty of opportunities of saving, he announced that he was about to contract a matrimonial alliance with a late cook of Miss Crawley's, who had subsisted in an honourable manner by the exercise of a mangle, and the keeping of a small greengrocer's shop in the neighbourhood.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • You are a bishop; that is to say, a prince of the church, one of those gilded men with heraldic bearings and revenues, who have vast prebends,— the bishopric of D—— fifteen thousand francs settled income, ten thousand in perquisites; total, twenty-five thousand francs,— who have kitchens, who have liveries, who make good cheer, who eat moor-hens on Friday, who strut about, a lackey before, a lackey behind, in a gala coach, and who have palaces, and who roll in their carriages in the...
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables

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