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defenestrate

Line breaks: de|fen¦es|trate
Pronunciation: /diːˈfɛnɪstreɪt
 
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Definition of defenestrate in English:

verb

[with object]
1 rare Throw (someone) out of a window: she had made up her mind that the woman had been defenestrated, although the official verdict had been suicide
More example sentences
  • Those captured are killed by a variety of means: some are hanged, some are decapitated, some are drawn and quartered, some are defenestrated (thrown from upper floor windows), some are put into sacks and thrown into the Loire to drown.
  • He allegedly ordered the two male students to pick her up and throw her out the window. I've heard of students being suspended and expelled, but this is the first time I've heard of a student being defenestrated.
  • Later in the film, Richard, a gaunt, haggard, disease-ravaged poet defenestrates himself before the eyes of his best friend and former lover, the achingly frustrated Clarissa Vaughan.
2 informal Remove or dismiss (someone) from a position of power or authority: the overwhelming view is that he should be defenestrated before the next election
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  • The state sector must be given greater powers to defenestrate uninterested or just plain bad teachers, which would put it on a par with the private sector.
  • Word leaked that in his absence, Murphy would use her power as acting governor to do some deeper budget-cutting - and perhaps even to defenestrate a gubernatorial aide or two.
  • The Republican House members defenestrated the outspoken proponent of "moral values" then serving as speaker, and his would-be successor, too.

Origin

early 17th century (as defenestrated): see defenestration.

Words that rhyme with defenestrate

administrateaspirate

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