verb (used with object), burked, burk·ing.
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Robert Kennedy and his Assistant Attorney General Burke Marshall brought new energy to the Civil Rights Division.Honoring The Late John Doar, A Nearly Forgotten Hero Of The Civil Rights Era|Gary May|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No friend of liberty can avoid the tumble back and forth between Burke and Paine.
An earlier Marquette Law School poll showed a tighter race, but with Burke again easily beating Walker by 18 points among women.
It is a place certainly worth visiting, and with Burke as host, one that is difficult to leave.
Burke insists that he is not nostalgic and he is not delusional.
Burke came to London with a cultivated curiosity, and p. 144in no spirit of desperate determination to make his fortune.Obiter Dicta|Augustine Birrell
Seems that one day towards the close of last century Burke flung dagger on floor of House by way of peroration.
In 1787 he was associated with Burke in the impeachment of Hastings, against whom he showed extraordinary vindictiveness.A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature|John W. Cousin
The immediate form which the patronage of Burke and that, soon added, of Thurlow took, is one which rather shocks the present day.Essays in English Literature, 1780-1860|George Saintsbury
The unexpected news of Mr. Burke's expedition of discovery, which we publish this morning, is positively disastrous.Successful Exploration Through the Interior of Australia|William John Wills
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Word Origin and History for burke
family name (first recorded 1066), from Anglo-Norman pronunciation of Old English burgh. Not common in England itself, but it took root in Ireland, where William de Burgo went in 1171 with Henry II and later became Earl of Ulster. As shorthand for a royalty reference book, it represents "A General and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the United Kingdom," first issued 1826, compiled by John Burke (1787-1848). As a verb meaning "murder by smothering," it is abstracted from William Burk, executed in Edinburgh 1829 for murdering several persons to sell their bodies for dissection.