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- n. The beneficiary of a sinecure.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who has a sinecure.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who holds or seeks a sinecure.
A venal and self-serving lackey, the sinecurist heir to the translating throne?
Yet, sinecurist as he was, Selwyn often regarded his position as a hard necessity, especially when he was driven into the country to look after his constituents.
He would then heartily wish himself out of Parliament: the sorrows of a sinecurist might well be the title of some of the letters written from Matson.
The Indian nabob, or millionaire as we should now call him, had begun to desire a seat in Parliament for his own purposes, just as the sinecurist did for his, and he was able to outbid the home purchaser.
As a politician Selwyn, as has already been said, was a sinecurist; he never took a political interest in affairs of state, and he looked at events which have become historical from an unpolitical point of view.
It would be absurd to censure him because he was a sinecurist; he was acting according to the customs of the time.
Nor was this all; for his influence in Gloucestershire enabled him to secure, during many years, his own seat for Gloucester, thus rendering his borough disposable; and thus, master of a hereditary fortune, an easy sinecurist, the possessor of two votes, and the influencer of the third -- a man of family,
His man is a man of business; his embassy is no showy sinecure; his ambassador is no showy sinecurist.
"Great genius to great madness is allied." the genius of these days looks even to St Luke's, like Oxford, as a berth in _dernier ressort_, where a sinecurist may enjoy bed and board at the cost of the state, and as a fair _honorario_ for the trouble of concocting a new scheme for raising the wind, or getting a living.
Because, however I try to gloss it over, I was, while I held it, a sinecurist, pure and simple.
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