Word of the Day: Defenestration

Defenestration is the act of throwing someone or something out of a window.  It is quite possibly the best word I have heard all week.  I told my cohort Keith about this works an his response was “Yes, definitely yes! That must be the word of the day” or something to that effect.  Many thanks to Niamh for introducing me to this word.


a. The act of throwing someone out of a window: “When working with Gavin at an undisclosed Computing firm Keith was very much inclined to use defenestration as a form of punishment to his colleague.

b. The action of dismissing someone from a position of power or authority: “Victory in the game Risk was a result from Scott’s defenestration from his Argentinian Capital.

The origin of Defenestration is actually quite funny.  It was a word invented to describe an incident that happened in 1618.  The “Defenestration of Prague” when two Catholic deputies to the Bohemian national assembly and a secretary were tossed out a window from the castle of Hradshin by Protestant radicals.  That entire sentence (paraphrased from Dictonary.com) is in itself quite possibly the greatest sentence of all time.


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