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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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