- defender of the bond,
- defender of the faith,
- defense mechanism,
Origin of defenestration
Examples from the Web for defenestration
Geddie, for his part, fought his defenestration but ultimately accepted defeat.
A tablet stating that the defenestration had been planned here was placed on this house, but almost immediately removed.
Many of the stormy meetings of the Bohemian nobles that preceded the defenestration of 1618 were held here.
The defenestration, in fact, only precipitated a conflict that was in any case inevitable.
Slavata immediately resolved on refuting this work, written by the originator of the defenestration.
Word Origin 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).