perquisite

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n perquisite a right reserved exclusively by a particular person or group (especially a hereditary or official right) "suffrage was the prerogative of white adult males"
    • n perquisite an incidental benefit awarded for certain types of employment (especially if it is regarded as a right) "a limousine is one of the fringe benefits of the job"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Perquisite Something gained from a place or employment over and above the ordinary salary or fixed wages for services rendered; especially, a fee allowed by law to an officer for a specific service. "The pillage of a place taken by storm was regarded as the perquisite of the soldiers.""The best perquisites of a place are the advantages it gaves a man of doing good."
    • Perquisite (Law) Things gotten by a man's own industry, or purchased with his own money, as opposed to things which come to him by descent.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n perquisite An incidental emolument, profit, gain, or fee, over and above the fixed or settled income, salary, or wages; something received incidentally and in addition to regular wages, salary, fees, etc.
    • n perquisite In law, whatever one gets by industry or purchases with his money, as distinguished from things which come to him by descent.
    • perquisite That may or must be sought out.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Perquisite pėr′kwi-zit an allowance granted over and above the settled wages: a fee allowed by law to an officer for a specific service
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Quotations

  • European Court Cliche
    European Court Cliche
    “Assassination is the perquisite of princes.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. perquisitum, fr. perquisitus, p. p. of perquirere, to ask for diligently; per + quaerere, to seek. See Per-, and Quest
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. perquisitum, from perquirĕreper, thoroughly, quærĕre, to ask.

Usage

In literature:

In spite of her long days and her slim perquisites, the girl is affable, smiling, and gay.
"Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland" by Daniel Turner Holmes
All perquisites of railroad officers should be abolished.
"The Railroad Question" by William Larrabee
The Church has had a monopoly of these profitable perquisites ever since.
"Men, Women, and Gods" by Helen H. Gardener
Why hadn't they taken an example by some of the old stock, and divided the whole thing among them in perquisites?
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens
Fine wines are a perquisite of money.
"The Galaxy" by Various
These clothes are the perquisite of his pages, and will fetch a pretty sum.
"The Greville Memoirs" by Charles C. F. Greville
It was a perquisite which we looked for and prized as much as he did himself.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 90, April, 1865" by Various
Government was a personal matter in that day; public place was a personal perquisite.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
Gave the Old Tory party quite a turn, And office with snug perquisites did spurn?
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 98, 1890.05.10" by Various
It keeps up a good spirit, and is one of my own little perquisites.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 4 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
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In news:

If you've been following Ultrabooks, you'll know that Intel has a bunch of perquisites before you can call the system an Ultrabook.
The action guts the Senate's current gift rule, an ingeniously crafted clause that appears to force lawmakers to disclose the gifts on their own, but in fact allows them to keep secret any perquisites that they can legally accept.
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In science:

They are known to be closely related to each other, each with its own perquisites and disadvantages.
The new vertices and canonical quantization
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