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noun de·fen·es·tra·tion  dē-ˌfe-nə-ˈstrā-shən\
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  1.   a throwing of a person or thing out of a window assassination by defenestration

  2.   a usually swift dismissal or expulsion (as from a political party or office) the 

Self-defenestration (autodefenestration) is the act of jumping, propelling oneself, or causing oneself to fall, out of a window.


Examples

Thedefenestration, in fact, only precipitated a conflictthat was in any case inevitable.

Be that as it may, his defenestration was coldly abrupt, and in his place, the Football Association resurrected a veteran manager and former England star in Joe Mercer for seven games.
2005 September 4, The Sunday Times, London

Did You Know?

These days defenestration is often used to describe the forceful removal of someone from public office or from some other advantageous position. History’s most famous defenestration, however, was one in which the tossing out the window was quite literal. On May 23, 1618, two imperial regents were found guilty of violating certain guarantees of religious freedom. As punishment, they were thrown out the window of Prague Castle. The men survived the 50-foot tumble into the moat, but the incident, which became known as the Defenestration of Prague, marked the beginning of the Bohemian resistance to Hapsburg rule that eventually led to the Thirty Years’ War.


Origin

The word comes from the New Latin  de- (out of or away from) and fenestra (window or opening).


https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/defenestration

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defenestration

 

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