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An act of throwing someone or something out of a window.

[From de- + Latin fenestra, window.]


the act of throwing someone out of a window
[C17: from New Latin dēfenestrātiō, from Latin de- + fenestra window]


(diˌfɛn əˈstreɪ ʃən)

the act of throwing a person or thing out of a window.
[1610–20; de- + Latin fenestr(a) window + -ation]
de•fen′es•trate`, v.t. -trat•ed, -trat•ing.


the act of hurling from a window, especially people.
See also: Killing
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.defenestration - the act of throwing someone or something out of a windowdefenestration - the act of throwing someone or something out of a window
expulsion, riddance, ejection, exclusion - the act of forcing out someone or something; "the ejection of troublemakers by the police"; "the child's expulsion from school"


n (form, hum)Fenstersturz m; the Defenestration of Pragueder Prager Fenstersturz
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Instead she concocted a hard and impenetrable Brexit line in exclusive conclave with her chiefs of staff, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill (both defenestrated in a post-election reckoning).
If the party was serious about gaining power, they would have defenestrated Miliband before he got anywhere near an election.
On the other hand, if the ruling is not what was desired, it is defenestrated.
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And he has more advice for her: "Mujuru will need to expend considerable energy on recruiting outside the former Zanu-PF clique that was defenestrated from the ruling party, in particular politicians of the older generation, as a way of showing that she has launched a progressive political party rather than a haven for politicians who were not wanted by the ruling party.
Even in a season when logic has been defenestrated, with Chelsea in the bottom half and Leicester going for the title, maintaining their form over the first half of the season will not see league success come May.
No new British PM could allow themselves to be defenestrated on the world stage by a minority party.
Whereas in 1953, Mohammad Mossadegh found himself defenestrated by British and American agents for trying to nationalise Iran's oil--which it was felt more properly belonged to BP (then the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company).
Some of my comrades, who really should know better, wonder why, instead of insisting Robertson be defenestrated, GLAAD wouldn't rather "start a conversation.
Not any more after Mair defenestrated Johnson with the killer line: "You're a nasty piece of work, aren't you?
After Macmillan, Home and Heath quickly paid the price for failure, and Thatcher was of course famously defenestrated when it became obvious that even she had passed her sell-by date.
Meanwhile, more able Tories in the ministerial middle-ranks would once again be forced to wait their turn, as was the case when David Laws was defenestrated after 17 days in office.