to murder, as by suffocation, so as to leave no or few marks of violence.
to suppress or get rid of by some indirect maneuver.
- burker, burk·ite [bur-kahyt], /ˈbɜr kaɪt/, noun
Other definitions for Burke (2 of 2)
Billie Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke, 1886–1970, U.S. actress.
Edmund, 1729–97, Irish statesman, orator, and writer.
Kenneth Du·va [doo-vuh], /duˈvə/, 1897–1993, U.S. literary critic.
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How to use burke in a sentence
The system is critical, burke said, because people may act out violently or create other problems when their grievances aren’t addressed.The Way Prisoners Flag Guard Abuse, Inadequate Health Care and Unsanitary Conditions Is Broken | by Shannon Heffernan, WBEZ | December 2, 2020 | ProPublica
“The bi-partisan Senate Ethics Committee, DOJ and SEC all independently and swiftly cleared Senator Perdue months ago, which was reported on,” burke said.Georgia Senate runoff: Republican Perdue boosted his wealth with well-timed stock trades | Lee Clifford | November 28, 2020 | Fortune
burke had 23 points and 17 points in two games against the WNBA champion Seattle Storm, showing that she can be a scoring threat against even the toughest defenses.Do The WNBA’s Most Improved Players Keep Up Their Success? | Jenn Hatfield | October 20, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
It said that the investigators – from the firm burke, Williams and Sorensen – had sought to interview Gloria to find out more but they were thwarted by the city attorney.
burke did not respond to ProPublica’s questions about Johnson’s care.
If a child were lost, the paragraph announcing the fact was headed, “Another supposed case of Burking.”The Diary of a Resurrectionist, 1811-1812 | James Blake Bailey
Well, of course, if Farrant chooses to insult Percival so gratuitously by burking his message to us .Three Plays by Granville-Barker | Harley Granville-Barker
Then followed the usual process of burking, and Mary Haldane, unfortunate in life, was equally unfortunate in her death.The History of Burke and Hare | George Mac Gregor
A burker was unknown before the crimes of William burke were made public; burking was an undiscovered art until he discovered it.The History of Burke and Hare | George Mac Gregor
In some houses, I saw several foreigners; and in the days when burking was common, many of these unfortunates were made away with.Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 453 | Various
British Dictionary definitions for burke (1 of 2)
to murder in such a way as to leave no marks on the body, usually by suffocation
to get rid of, silence, or suppress
British Dictionary definitions for Burke (2 of 2)
Edmund . 1729–97, British Whig statesman, conservative political theorist, and orator, born in Ireland: defended parliamentary government and campaigned for a more liberal treatment of the American colonies; denounced the French Revolution
Robert O'Hara . 1820–61, Irish explorer, who led the first expedition (1860–61) across Australia from south to north. He was accompanied by W. J. Wills, George Grey, and John King; King alone survived the return journey
William . 1792–1829, Irish murderer and body snatcher; associate of William Hare
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