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cark

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v cark disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed "She was rather perturbed by the news that her father was seriously ill"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cark kärk A noxious or corroding care; solicitude; worry. "His heavy head, devoid of careful cark .""Fling cark and care aside.""Freedom from the cares of money and the cark of fashion."
    • v. i Cark kärk To be careful, anxious, solicitous, or troubled in mind; to worry or grieve.
    • v. t Cark To vex; to worry; to make by anxious care or worry. "Nor can a man, independently . . . of God's blessing, care and cark himself one penny richer."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cark A load; a burden; a weight; specifically, an old measure of weight for wool, equal to the thirtieth part of a sarplar.
    • n cark A burden of care; a state of anxious solicitude; care; concern; trouble; distress.
    • cark To load; burden; load or oppress with grief, anxiety, or care; worry; perplex; vex.
    • cark To bring to be by care or anxiety; make by carking.
    • cark To be full of care, anxious, solicitous, or concerned.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cark kärk (arch.) care, anxiety, or solicitude
    • v.t Cark to burden, harass
    • v.i Cark to be anxious
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. cark, fr. a dialectic form of F. charge,; cf. W. carc, anxiety, care, Arm karg, charge, burden. See Charge, and cf. Cargo

Usage

In literature:

What, do the mighty ones then bear Their load of carking grief and care?
"Fables of John Gay" by John Gay
All were in the pink of health, free from all carking cares and vanities of life, and they sang as if inspired.
"Doctor Jones' Picnic" by S. E. Chapman
Meantime, I was not to know the carking anxiety of the out-of-work.
"The Message" by Alec John Dawson
He had never dared to voice the carking fear that tightened about his heart at times.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
She met a policeman who was swinging his club, and the man gave her an instant of carking fear.
"The Peace of Roaring River" by George van Schaick
But being light and changeful, she is all the less liable to be carked and hardened by pain!
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
The old, old earth is glad to turn from the cark and care of driftless centuries to the first sweet blades of green.
"The Hills and the Vale" by Richard Jefferies
For crows that cark At the rough wind's way.
"Song-Surf" by Cale Young Rice
He was sensible of a dull, carking shame, and yet was shameless.
"The Destroying Angel" by Louis Joseph Vance
HOW CULVERIN CARK SEALED UP THE STORE.
"Sweet Mace" by George Manville Fenn
Alluding to its tenacity of life and the carking wear of care.
"Our Cats and All About Them" by Harrison Weir
Carking care crept out of black coverts.
"The ghosts of their ancestors" by Weymer Jay Mills
But ever at the breakfast-table there was that weary look of carking care in his face.
"In the Land of the Great Snow Bear" by Gordon Stables
The young gentlemen were prematurely full of carking anxieties.
"Dickens As an Educator" by James L. (James Laughlin) Hughes
Yes, it seemed to Thrasyllus that Lucius was no longer thinking of Ilia and that he was cured of his carking grief.
"The Tour" by Louis Couperus
And she was far less cursed with "nerves," with feverish unrest and carking discontent, than women are to-day.
"Feminism and Sex-Extinction" by Arabella Kenealy
Surely her fitting place was in the fragrant earth, sheltered by waving grass from carking cares.
"The Maid of Honour (Vol. 3 of 3)" by Lewis Wingfield
They will drive out petty worries, conceits and thoughts of carking care.
"Character and Conduct" by Various
Is not carking care their birthright?
"Highways and Byways in London" by E. T. Cook
All the trouble, all the cark, all the memory of her faults, of her odd ways, were gone.
"The Weird Sisters, Volume II (of 3)" by Richard Dowling
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In poetry:

What days of strain, what nights of stress
Can cark a throne,
Even one maintained in peacefulness,
I too have known.
"A King's Soliloquy [On the Night of His Funeral]" by Thomas Hardy
He is dead, and never word of blame
Or praise of him his spirit hears,
Sacred, secure from cark of fame,
From sympathy of useless tears.
"Requies" by Thomas MacDonagh
"I fly around my narrow cage,
I sing the song that gladdens you,
But carking care thy thoughts engage,
While walking free, 'neath heaven's blue.
"To A Canary" by Thomas Frederick Young
Then shall I be thy ransomed—from the cark
Of living, from the strain for breath,
From tossing in my coffin strait and dark,
At hourly strife with death!
"De Profundis" by George MacDonald
Down, down, down and down,
With idler, knave, and tyrant!
Why for sluggards cark and moil?
He that will not live by toil
Has no right on English soil!
God's word's our warrant!
"Alton Locke's Song" by Charles Kingsley
Is it because at times when storms subside
Through which thou oarest Life's ill-fitted bark,
Dreams rise, from sounds of lapping of the tide,
To veil the daylight stark,
Its anguish and its cark?
"Revoke Not" by Thomas Runciman