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shirk
used in The Magic Mountain

3 uses
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Definition
to avoid something — such as a duty or responsibility
  • It should be clear that we are speaking about a husband's, a father's pity, about the act of birth, which Elly's travails indeed so manifestly, so unmistakably resembled chat even someone unfamiliar with birth would have had to have recognized it—someone like our young Hans Castorp, who, having never shirked life, now learned about that act of organic mysticism in this form.
    7.8 - Highly Questionable (83% in)
  • You have rightly left the making of that charge to life's shirkers.
    5.1 - Eternal Soup and Sudden Clarity (75% in)
  • We men, if we do not shirk our own humanity, are aware of a certain moment in life when we feel this same unbearable pity—to which, absurd as it seems, no one responds, presumably because it is quite out of place—when we wrestle with a suppressed, outraged "Enough!" although we know it is not yet enough, cannot, dare not, be enough, and must go on and end one way or the other.
    7.8 - Highly Questionable (82% in)

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