Defenestration definition

dē-fĕnĭ-strāshən
An act of throwing someone or something out of a window.
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A throwing out through a window.
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The act of throwing something, or someone, out of a window.
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(neologism, humorous) The act of removing the Microsoft Windows operating system from a computer in order to install an alternative one.
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(UK) High profile removal of a person from an organization.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
defenestration
Plural:
defenestrations

Origin of defenestration

  • From de– Latin fenestra window

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • First attested circa 17th century, from Latin (“from, out”) + fenestra (“window”), historically, it was used as an act of political dissent, notably the Defenestrations of Prague.

    From Wiktionary