Definition of defenestration in English:

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Pronunciation: /dēˌfenəˈstrāSHən/


1 formal or humorous The action of throwing someone or something out of a window: death by defenestration has a venerable history
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  • The alternative on offer was to jump through a window, which literate readers will know as defenestration, a popular way of inviting kings to commit suicide in 17th century Europe.
  • Make it a rule that anyone, interviewer or interviewee, who uses that word will be subject to immediate defenestration.
  • Folks, it's just not a complete movie without at least one good defenestration.
2 informal The action of dismissing someone from a position of power or authority: that victory resulted in Churchill’s own defenestration by the war-weary British electorate
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  • Several other revelations have begun to seep out in the wake of O'Brien's forced defenestration.
  • The announcement, hurried out after the Stock Exchange had closed, and most of the City had gone home, speaks of a defenestration.
  • Instead, more than 22 years since her defenestration, Thatcher's brand of neo-liberalism is the unshakeable paradigm for our economy and politics.


Early 17th century: from modern Latin defenestratio(n-), from de- 'down from' + Latin fenestra 'window'.

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Syllabification: de·fen·es·tra·tion

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