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BURKE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Burke mean? 

BURKE (noun)
  The noun BURKE has 2 senses:

1. English statesman famous for his oratory; pleaded the cause of the American colonists in British Parliament and defended the parliamentary system (1729-1797)
2. United States frontierswoman and legendary figure of the Wild West noted for her marksmanship (1852-1903)

  Familiarity information: BURKE used as a noun is rare.


BURKE (verb)
  The verb BURKE has 2 senses:

1. murder without leaving a trace on the body
2. get rid of, silence, or suppress

  Familiarity information: BURKE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


BURKE (noun)


Sense 1Burke [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

English statesman famous for his oratory; pleaded the cause of the American colonists in British Parliament and defended the parliamentary system (1729-1797)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

Burke; Edmund Burke

Instance hypernyms:

orator; public speaker; rhetorician; speechifier; speechmaker (a person who delivers a speech or oration)

national leader; solon; statesman (a man who is a respected leader in national or international affairs)


Sense 2Burke [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

United States frontierswoman and legendary figure of the Wild West noted for her marksmanship (1852-1903)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

Burk; Calamity Jane; Martha Jane Burk; Martha Jane Burke; Burke

Instance hypernyms:

frontierswoman (a woman who lives on the frontier)


BURKE (verb)


Sense 1burke [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Murder without leaving a trace on the body

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Hypernyms (to "burke" is one way to...):

bump off; dispatch; hit; murder; off; polish off; remove; slay (kill intentionally and with premeditation)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 2burke [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Get rid of, silence, or suppress

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

burke an issue

Hypernyms (to "burke" is one way to...):

conquer; curb; inhibit; stamp down; subdue; suppress (to put down by force or authority)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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