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  • v. To pull apart and examine; scrutinise carefully.

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  • v. dissect in order to analyze


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  • He might dissect, anatomise, and give names; but, not to speak of a final cause, causes in their secondary and tertiary grades were utterly unknown to him.

    Chapter 2

  • Mostly, too, Cooke has succeeded, particularly in producing plays that anatomise the state of the nation without standing on a soapbox.

    Dominic Cooke: a life in theatre

  • Cézanne stared so intensely at nature he began to take it apart in his mind, to anatomise it, theorise it, on long hot afternoons in his studio in Aix-en-Provence and then reassemble the elements of reality in paintings that are pixellated constellations of insights, recognitions, memories and flashes of desire or rage.

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  • McElhone might not be as self-consciously erudite as Joan Didion in The Year of Magical Thinking, nor does she seek to anatomise the process of grieving, as CS Lewis did in A Grief Observed, but her greatest strength is her lack of style: she gets straight to the point; she tells us how it is.

    After You: Letters of Love, and Loss, to a Husband and Father by Natascha McElhone

  • While seeking out and trying to anatomise the strange gardens abandoned in place by Avernus, the Outers' greatest genius, the gene wizard Sri Hong-Owen is embroiled in the plots and counterplots of the family that employs her.

    For Your Viewing Pleasure: Gardens of the Sun

  • And I doubt not but that in the end you will say with me, that to anatomise this humour aright, through all the members of this our

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • The three precedent species are the subject of my present discourse, which I will anatomise and treat of through all their causes, symptoms, cures, together and apart; that every man that is in any measure affected with this malady, may know how to examine it in himself, and apply remedies unto it.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • He was tame in comparison with Mr Gowan, who knew how to address me on equal terms, and how to anatomise the wretched people around us.

    Little Dorrit

  • And, of course, The Gathering isn't a simple thing at all - it's a genuine attempt to stare down both love and death, to anatomise their pains and fears and peculiar pleasures.

    The Elegant Variation:

  • She would pounce on his most intimate thoughts and feelings, drag them out into daylight and anatomise them; would put into words those phantom fears, and insidious evasions, which he had so far managed to keep in the twilight where they belonged.

    Ultima Thule


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