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English to Chinese translations [PRO] Art/Literary
English term or phrase:sinecure
During late Tudor and early Stuart years, the Manor of Ebury became a sinecure dispensed by the Crown to servants or favourites, normally on a long lease, until, in 1623, James I sold the freehold of the site of the Manor for £1,151.15s.0d.
明明是一个庄园（Manor of Ebury），怎么成了一份闲职（sinecure）？没法对应起来啊？
a royal favour/position/rank/title carrying an income for the holder of it
Explanation: sinecure (today's meaning) = any position that brings profit without involving much work, responsibility, etc.
The Manor of Ebury must have been a royal property. The Crown (ie King or Queen) would gave the Manor of Ebury to (royal) servants or favourites as a sinecure (a favour). It was given as a long lease,(possibly at a low or nominal rate) and I imagine the person receiving the sinecure would live in the manor house, entertain guests there, employ staff and enjoy the farm profits for the period of the lease.
Note: 'sinecure' has a disapproving connotation (含贬义) today, but,以我所了解, didn't then. This is its original meaning.Similarly, a benefice given by the church to clergy is known as a 'sinecure'.
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