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shirk

[ shurk ]
/ ʃɜrk /
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verb (used with object)

to evade (work, duty, responsibility, etc.).

verb (used without object)

to evade work, duty, etc.

noun

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Origin of shirk

First recorded in 1625–35; obscurely akin to shark2
un·shirked, adjectiveun·shirk·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for shirk (1 of 2)

shirk1
/ (ʃɜːk) /

verb

to avoid discharging (work, a duty, etc); evade

noun Also: shirker

a person who shirks
C17: probably from German Schurke rogue; see shark ²

British Dictionary definitions for shirk (2 of 2)

shirk2
/ (ʃɪːk) /

noun

Islam
  1. the fundamental sin of regarding anything as equal to Allah
  2. any belief that is considered to be in opposition to Allah and Islam
from Arabic: association
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