See also: décapitation
- Beheading; the act of beheading or decapitating
- If the headsman's axe was sharp and his aim was true, decapitation was a quick and relatively painless form of death
- The ousting or destruction of the ruling body of a government or other organization.
- A decapitation strike carried out by drone killed many of the country's senior generals.
- (politics) The unseating of a senior politician.
- The decapitation of the Foreign Secretary was a significant publicity coup for the opposition.
2005, Simon Henig, Lewis Baston, Politico's Guide to the General Election 2005, page 223:
- The Lib Dem contender hoping to accomplish a bit of pre-emptive decapitation is Andrew Crawford.
2009 May 1, Andrew Denham and Kieron O'Hara, Democratising Conservative leadership selection: from grey suits to grass roots, page 108:
- Some also thought that the Lib Dem decapitation strategy had kept him cornered in his constituency during the campaign, unable to play a wider role.
2010 May 7, Oliver Burkeman, “UK election results 2010: A war of words deep into the night”, in The Guardian:
- Nearing 2.30, stoking fears of a disastrous night for the Lib Dems, the Tories achieved their first "decapitation" ‑ a visibly shocked Lembit Opik, in once-safe Montgomeryshire ‑ while evading their own biggest risk of high-profile embarrassment: Oliver Letwin held Dorset West.