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  • n  surgical removal of an organ (or the contents of an organ) from a patient
  • n  the act of removing the bowels or viscera; the act of cutting so as to cause the viscera to protrude
  • n  altering something (as a legislative act or a statement) in such a manner as to reduce its value
    the adoption of their amendments would have amounted to an evisceration of the act

  • Even friendly neighboring countries mourned Anwar's political evisceration and edged close to naming Mahathir the Captain Queeg of Asian politics.
  • The next day, testifying on the Senate side, Gates performed a similar anti-missile evisceration of Senator Jeff Sessions, who responded, "I'd say you were ready for that question.
  • Director Todd Field builds patiently toward a melodramatic conclusion that's as plausible as his sympathetic evisceration of middle-class life is compelling.
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  • Notre Dame Football: Burning Questions for Fighting Irish for 2013 Season
    Even after their utter evisceration at the hands of Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game, the 2013 offseason was supposed to be one of adulation and looking forward to a bright future for the Irish. Everett Golson was a blossoming young star at quarterback, the defense lost star Manti Te'o but brings back a host of characters—including defensive end Stephon Tuitt —and Brian Kelly's ...
    June 18, 2013 - Bleacher Report

  • Robert Byrd in Telegraph.co.uk
    In his book, Losing America: Confronting a Reckless and Arrogant Presidency, Byrd wrote that it was "a complete evisceration of the Congressional prerogative to declare war".
  • Michael Griffin in Florida Today
    To trim our budget by a few percent just doesn't qualify as evisceration,Griffin said. "It is certainly a pause, and we would rather not have that. I'd like more money. What agency head would not? I can't put quite so dark a tone on it."
  • David Petraeus in MiamiHerald.com
    It gives the president excessive power to label and detain enemy combatants. Its evisceration of the writ of habeas corpus for all non-citizens is almost surely unconstitutional, and so is its attempt to legalise the use of evidence obtained by... Edward Kennedy http://www.google.com/url?q=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Kennedy&source=dictionary&usg=AFQjCNGrFlLlEu3gILV8ws9Od3-m-rPBRA Sunday Times.au http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/story/0,21598,20601587-5005361,00.html&source=dictionary&usg=AFQjCNHqm8aTq9_Tx1kvDpJrEHtCyDNYcA Oct 17, 2006 34680 44443 evitable I am not entirely comfortable, candidly, with sort of being in this particular situation," Petraeus said. "I've actually tried to stay somewhat apolitical. ...... I guess it's sort of evitable to end up in this position."

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