burke definition by Webster's New World
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Burke, Edmund 1729-97; Brit. statesman, orator, & writer, born in Ireland
burke definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb burked burked, burk·ing, burkes
- To suppress or extinguish quietly; stifle: burked the investigation by failing to reappoint the commission.
- 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).
- To execute (someone) by suffocation so as to leave the body intact and suitable for dissection.
Origin: After William Burke (1792-1829), Irish-born grave robber and murderer.
, Edmund 1729-1797.
Irish-born British politician and writer. Famous for his oratory, he pleaded the cause of the American colonists in Parliament and was instrumental in developing the notions of party responsibility and a loyal opposition within the parliamentary system. His major work, Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790), voices his opposition to the excesses of the French experience.
, Martha Jane
See Martha Jane Burk.