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Definition of "burke" [burke]

  • To suppress or extinguish quietly; stifle: burked the investigation by failing to reappoint the commission. (verb-transitive)
  • To avoid; disregard: "To make The Tempest a tragic and depressing play he was willing to burke all the elements that made it the exact opposite” ( Robert M. Adams). (verb-transitive)
  • To execute (someone) by suffocation so as to leave the body intact and suitable for dissection. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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