Definitions for: Burke


[n] American frontierswoman and legendary figure of the Wild West noted for her marksmanship (1852-1903)
[n] English statesman famous for his oratory; pleaded the cause of the American colonists in Parliament and defended the parliamentary system (1729-1797)
[v] get rid of, silence, or suppress; "burke an issue"
[v] murder without leaving a trace on the body



Webster (1913) Definition: Burke, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Burked; p. pr. & vb. n.
Burking.] [From one Burke of Edinburgh, who committed the
crime in 1829.]
1. To murder by suffocation, or so as to produce few marks of
violence, for the purpose of obtaining a body to be sold
for dissection.

2. To dispose of quietly or indirectly; to suppress; to
smother; to shelve; as, to burke a parliamentary question.

The court could not burke an inquiry, supported by
such a mass of a affidavits. --C. Reade.

Synonyms: Burk, Calamity Jane, Edmund Burke, Martha Jane Burk, Martha Jane Burke

See Also: bump off, conquer, curb, dispatch, frontierswoman, hit, inhibit, murder, national leader, orator, polish off, public speaker, remove, rhetorician, slay, solon, speechifier, speechmaker, stamp down, statesman, subdue, suppress

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