defenestration

[dee-fen-uh-strey-shuhn]
noun
the act of throwing a thing or especially a person out of a window: the defenestration of the commissioners at Prague.

Origin:
1610–20; de- + Latin fenestr(a) window + -ation

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defenestration (diːˌfɛnɪˈstreɪʃən)
 
n
the act of throwing someone out of a window
 
[C17: from New Latin dēfenestrātiō, from Latin de- + fenestra window]

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defenestration
1620, "the action of throwing out of a window," from L. fenestra "window." 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 Gk. verb phainein "to show;" others see in it an Etruscan borrowing, based on the suffix -(s)tra, as in L. 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).
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defenestration

n. [mythically from a traditional Czech assasination method, via SF fandom]
1. Proper karmic retribution for an incorrigible punster. "Oh, ghod, that was _awful_!" "Quick! Defenestrate him!"
2. The act of exiting a window system in order to get better response time from a full-screen program. This comes from the dictionary meaning of `defenestrate', which is to throw something out a window.
3. The act of discarding something under the assumption that it will improve matters. "I don't have any disk space left." "Well, why don't you defenestrate that 100 megs worth of old core dumps?"
4. Under a GUI, the act of dragging something out of a window (onto the screen). "Next, defenestrate the MugWump icon."
5. The act of completely removing Micro$oft Windows from a PC in favor of a better OS (typically Linux).
Example sentences
But financial markets reacted calmly to his defenestration.
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