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Definition compensation received by virtue of holding an office or having employment — usually in the form of wages or fees
  • A clause in the U.S. constitution prevents sitting legislators from receiving emoluments from their own votes.
  • Holding the office directly from the crown, I believe, all the royal emoluments incident to the Cinque Port territories become by assignment his.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • If an impeached official is found guilty, his punishment is perpetual ostracism from the esteem, confidence, honors, and emoluments of his country.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • From the gift of these a greater number of offices and emoluments will flow.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • He has been for some time particularly desirous to serve his country in a post of good emoluments, unaccompanied by any trouble or responsibility.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • He claimed, at least, none of the exemptions and emoluments of the romantic passion.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • His age bore certain fruits, emoluments of service.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Great emoluments of the spiritual variety in toiling close to Nature.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • That disadvantage is not diminished, when that pressure necessitates the drawing of stipendiary emoluments, before those emoluments are strictly due and payable.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • But what neither Franklin nor Adams was ever to know was that Bancroft, too, was a British spy, his "emoluments" from the Crown amounting to 500 pounds per year.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • "No, no, it is not in the militia," cried Elizabeth, showing the packet in her hand, and then drawing it back with a coquettish air; "it is an office of both honor and emolument."
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • After withholding taxes this meant that the anemic blue check placed on my desk each Friday by the hunchbacked little woman who managed the payroll represented emolument in the nature of a little over ninety cents an hour.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • I had a great liking for you, and your defection, your going back to private practice merely for commercial gain, your selling out for what I presume is a very high emolument, is one of the very greatest blows I have recently had to sustain.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Customers came in, as the forenoon advanced, but rather slowly; in some cases, too, it must be owned, with little satisfaction either to themselves or Miss Hepzibah; nor, on the whole, with an aggregate of very rich emolument to the till.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.
    United States 'Founding Fathers'  --  The Constitution of the United States
  • At length the savage pretended that further negotiation was useless, since he could not be so unjust to his tribe as to part with the honor and emoluments of two excellent, full grown male scalps for a consideration so trifling as a toy like that he had seen, and he prepared to take his departure.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • Nobody, however, had been there, and I suspect no one desired to go there in person, just as an astronomer, I should fancy, would strongly object to being transported into a distant heavenly body, where, parted from his earthly emoluments, he would be bewildered by the view of an unfamiliar heavens.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • In the Constitutions of all the States the judicial power is that which remains the most independent of the legislative authority; nevertheless, in all the States the Legislature has reserved to itself the right of regulating the emoluments of the judges, a practice which necessarily subjects these magistrates to its immediate influence.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • He was one of the best-natured fellows in the world, and was, at the same time, master of so much pleasantry and humour, that he was reputed the wit of the country; and all the neighbouring gentlemen were so desirous of his company, that as denying was not his talent, he spent much time at their houses, which he might, with more emolument, have spent in his school.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones

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