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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Definitions for defenestrate

  1. to throw (a person or thing) out of a window.

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Citations for defenestrate
And then there is James McMurtry, an alt-country ironist who is probably ready to defenestrate the next well-meaning lunkhead who points out that his father, Larry, wrote "Lonesome Dove." John Schulian, "Country Music Crossbred With Country Literature," New York Times, August 19, 2001
Of course, if we had a thousand feet among us, a millipede’s supply to lop off and defenestrate, maybe we’d kick our way out of this crate! Jonathan Lethem, "Lostronaut," The New Yorker, November 17, 2008
Origin of defenestrate
Defenestrate is a backformation of the noun defenestration, which entered the lexicon around 1618, when Bohemian insurgents in Prague threw two imperial regents and their secretary out of the windows of Hradčany (Prague Castle); this event is known as the Defenestration of Prague. Both of these terms derive from the Latin fenestra meaning "window."
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