- the act of throwing a thing or especially a person out of a window: the defenestration of the commissioners at Prague.
Origin of defenestration
Examples from the Web for defenestration
Geddie, for his part, fought his defenestration but ultimately accepted defeat.
Slavata immediately resolved on refuting this work, written by the originator of the defenestration.
Many of the stormy meetings of the Bohemian nobles that preceded the defenestration of 1618 were held here.
A tablet stating that the defenestration had been planned here was placed on this house, but almost immediately removed.
The defenestration, in fact, only precipitated a conflict that was in any case inevitable.
- the act of throwing someone out of a window
Word Origin and History for defenestration
1620, "the action of throwing out of a window," from Latin fenestra "window" (see fenestration). A word invented for one incident: the "Defenestration of Prague," May 21, 1618, when two Catholic deputies to the Bohemian national assembly and a secretary were tossed out the window (into a moat) of the castle of Hradshin by Protestant radicals. It marked the start of the Thirty Years War. Some linguists link fenestra with Greek verb phainein "to show;" others see in it an Etruscan borrowing, based on the suffix -(s)tra, as in Latin loan-words aplustre "the carved stern of a ship with its ornaments," genista "the plant broom," lanista "trainer of gladiators." Related: Defenestrate (1915); defenestrated (1620).