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defenestrate

[ dee-fen-uh-streyt ]
/ di藞f蓻n 蓹藢stre瑟t /
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verb (used with object), de路fen路es路trat路ed, de路fen路es路trat路ing.
to throw (a person or thing) out of a window: A Portuguese bishop, accused of conspiring with the leaders of Castile, was defenestrated from the north tower of Lisbon's cathedral in 1383.
to suddenly remove (a person) from an important position or office: The chief executive was defenestrated after a corruption investigation.
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Origin of defenestrate

First recorded in 1900鈥05; back formation from defenestration
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