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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fiddle, shirk, shrink from, goldbrickverb

    avoid (one's assigned duties)

    "The derelict soldier shirked his duties"

  2. shirkverb

    avoid dealing with

    "She shirks her duties"


  1. shirknoun

    the unforgivable sin of idolatry

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shirkverb

    to procure by petty fraud and trickery; to obtain by mean solicitation

    Etymology: [Probably the same word as shark. See Shark, v. t.]

  2. Shirkverb

    to avoid; to escape; to neglect; -- implying unfaithfulness or fraud; as, to shirk duty

    Etymology: [Probably the same word as shark. See Shark, v. t.]

  3. Shirkverb

    to live by shifts and fraud; to shark

    Etymology: [Probably the same word as shark. See Shark, v. t.]

  4. Shirkverb

    to evade an obligation; to avoid the performance of duty, as by running away

    Etymology: [Probably the same word as shark. See Shark, v. t.]

  5. Shirknoun

    one who lives by shifts and tricks; one who avoids the performance of duty or labor

    Etymology: [Probably the same word as shark. See Shark, v. t.]


  1. Shirk

    In Islam, shirk is the sin of idolatry or polytheism, i.e. the deification or worship of anyone or anything other than the singular God, or more literally the establishment of "partners" placed beside God. It is the vice that is opposed to the virtue of Tawheed. Within Islam, shirk is an unforgivable crime when unpardoned before death; God may forgive any sin if one dies in that state except for committing shirk. The word šhirk comes from the Arabic root Š-R-K, with the general meaning of "to share". In the context of the Qur'an, the particular sense of "sharing as an equal partner" is usually understood, so that polytheism is "attributing a partner to Allah". In the Qur'an, širk and the related word mušrikūn, "those who commit shirk and plot against Islam", often clearly refers to the enemies of Islam, but sometimes it also refers to erring Muslims.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shirk

    shėrk, v.t. to avoid, get off or slink away from.—n. Shir′ker.—adj. Shir′ky. [A form of shark.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shirk in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shirk in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of shirk in a Sentence

  1. Spokeswoman Priyanka Mantha:

    Managing your finances doesn’t mean you don’t have debt. It means that you never shirk your responsibilities, and you meet your obligations.

  2. Stacey Plaskett:

    Qualified immunity has in many instances become the hood for bad police officers to, in fact, act as modern-day Ku Klux Klan members against Black and Isaiah Brown people in this country. And it has got to stop, the most conservative members of the Supreme Court say that Congress needs to do something about qualified immunity. And we can not shirk our responsibility to victims and Americans at large because we are afraid of the unions, or talking points, or those on the right who have used the blue wall as a shield against American justice.

  3. Scott Swift:

    Put simply, we will continue to exercise freedom of the seas for all nations, because we know from painful past experience, to shirk this responsibility and obligation, puts much more at risk than any one nation's maritime interests.

  4. Christopher Trzaska:

    We've seen a lot of people really shirk our responsibility to having an intellectual, honest debate about conservative policy position. And instead focus on, you know, getting as many liberals mad as they possibly can.

  5. Anuj Somany:

    In the private sector company, 5% of workforce actually work but they have to keep changing workplace to get some salary raise. 90% of employees basically shirk their responsibility with many even snatch the credit of other's duty and they regularly get increment & occasionally promotion. Balance 5% are mentally jerk whose job is only to play office politics & promote sycophancy to make sincere workers’ life miserable and they get big fat remuneration, timely promotion, high perks and can be spotted often enjoying, gossiping, travelling, going places for sight-seeing, fine-dining, wining and partying.

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  • drückenGerman
  • evadir, correrSpanish
  • pinnataFinnish
  • éviter, esquirer, esquiverFrench
  • koma sér undanIcelandic
  • scansare, sottrarsi, dare bucaItalian
  • თავს არიდებსGeorgian
  • zich drukken, zijn plicht ontlopenDutch
  • бездельничать, лодырничать, увиливать, уклоняться, сачковатьRussian
  • smita från, undvikaSwedish

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    relating to a technique that does not involve puncturing the skin or entering a body cavity
    • A. hatched
    • B. witless
    • C. sought
    • D. noninvasive

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