Definitions English

  • 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.