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Malinger GRE Vocabulary Flashcard

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Malinger GRE Vocabulary Flashcard

/məˈlɪŋ.gəʳ/ (verb)


to pretend to be ill to evade responsibility or avoid work, feign illness, shirk, fake illness, slack, take a sickie, skive, shun, eschew


When an employee is unable to undertake the full duties of their role or they have high levels of sickness absence due to an illness, this can be difficult for employers to manage. From time to time, we all have unavoidable periods of illness, and need time to recover. In rare cases however, you may have concerns that an employee is not being genuine about an illness, in order to avoid work, do less work, or gain financial benefit e.g. company sick pay. This is known as malingering – when an employee pretends to be ill in order to escape duty or work.

Source: https://www.fitzgeraldhr.co.uk/

Parts of speech

Noun: malingerer: a person who fakes illness to evade a responsibility

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