The GENERAL CONTEXT of such use is:
adversarial proceedings: an opponent or antagonist, as in a contest of any kind; usually referring to legal or political meetings or proceedings, in which the result of the deliberations and arguments is the adjudgement of a defendent or plaintiff victorious (as to the 'spoils') and the other party being the 'loser', and thusly deprived of the 'spoils'.
Father Jerome's DICTIONARY of KEYWORDS/PHRASES used in his scientific writings and at his QUFD website
Father Jerome's PSYCHOSOCIOLOGICAL DICTIONARY of Terms/Phrases used in Monograph III of his QUALIA Series
Father Jerome's SPECIALIZED DICTIONARY of KEYWORDS/PHRASES pertaining to Bose-Einstein Condensates of Non-Matter and Incorporeality, as used in his Works, in QUFD Physics and in the 'QUFD Textbook' Website
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