burke

verb

burked; burking

transitive verb

1
: to suppress quietly or indirectly
burke an inquiry
2
: bypass, avoid
burke an issue

Example Sentences

the executives knew that the drug had dangerous side effects, but they burked the findings

Word History

Etymology

from burke to suffocate, from William Burke †1829 Irish criminal executed for smothering victims to sell their bodies for dissection

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of burke was in 1835

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Cite this Entry

“Burke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burke. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Biographical Definition

Burke

biographical name

Edmund 1729–1797 British statesman and orator
Burkean adjective
or Burkian
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