Defenestration – Our Word of the Day

Defenestration, who the hell ever heard of it?

This is from the Wikipedia:
Defenestration is the act of throwing someone or something out of a window.[1] The term was coined around the time of an incident in Prague Castle in the year 1618, which became the spark that started the Thirty Years’ War. This was done in “good Bohemian style” and referred to the defenestration which had occurred in Prague’s City Hall almost 200 years earlier (July 1419), which also at that occasion led to war, the Hussite war.[2] The word comes from the New Latin [3] de- (out of or away from) and fenestra (window or opening).[4] Likewise, it can also refer to the condition of being thrown out of a window, as in “The Defenestration of Ermintrude Inch”.[5]

While the act of defenestration connotes the forcible or peremptory removal of an adversary, and the term is sometimes used in just that sense,[6] it also suggests breaking the windows in the process (de- also means removal). Although defenestrations can be fatal depending on the height of the window through which a person is thrown or throws oneself or due to lacerations from broken glass, the act of defenestration need not carry the intent of, or result in, death.

From the Merriam-Webster dictionary:

  • a throwing of a person or thing out of a window assassination by defenestration
  • a usually swift dismissal or expulsion (as from a political party or office) the defenestration of political leaders
  • the mass defenestration of middle management — Jane Bryant Quinn

defenestrate dē-ˈfe-nə-ˌstrāt\ transitive verb

Let’s see you use that in a sentence without sounding like a word snob.

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