Pronunciation Verb

shirk (shirks, present participle shirking; past and past participle shirked)

  1. (transitive) To avoid, especially a duty, responsibility, etc.; to stay away from.
    Synonyms: Thesaurus:shirk
    • the usual makeshift by which they try to shirk difficulties
  2. (intransitive) To evade an obligation; to avoid the performance of duty, as by running away.
    If you have a job, don't shirk from it by staying off work.
    • One of the cities shirked from the league.
  3. (transitive) To procure by petty fraud and trickery; to obtain by mean solicitation.
    • You that never heard the call of any vocation, […] that shirk living from others, but time from yourselves.
Translations Noun

shirk (plural shirks)

  1. One who shirks, who avoids a duty or responsibility.
    Synonyms: dodger
  • (non-rhotic) IPA: /ʃɪɾk/

shirk (uncountable)

  1. (Islam) The unforgivable sin of idolatry.
    • 2013, James R. White, What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur'an, Baker Books (ISBN 9781441260529)
      A person can have committed shirk in their lifetime and still find forgiveness (especially by saying the Shahada and becoming a Muslim). The concept is that if one dies in this state (as a mushrik, an idolator, one who engages in and does not repent shirk), there is no forgiveness.
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