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defenestration Line breaks: de|fen¦es|tra¦tion
Pronunciation: /ˌdiːfɛnɪˈstreɪʃ(ə)n/

Definition of defenestration in English:


[mass noun]
1 formal or humorous The action of throwing someone out of a window: death by defenestration has a venerable history
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  • The film is riotous good violent fun, with spectacular explosions, all manner of shootings at close range, garrotting, defenestration and several other creative methods of annihilation.
  • 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.
1.1 (the Defenestration of Prague) see Prague.
2 informal The action or process 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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  • The justice minister was, until recently, best known for calling on Iain Duncan Smith to resign as Tory leader in 2003, sparking the crisis that led to the Quiet Man's eventual defenestration.
  • What, we wonder, does he make of a flurry of recent articles calling for his defenestration?
  • His defenestration was coldly abrupt, and in his place, the Football Association resurrected a veteran manager and former England star for seven games.


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

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