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Noun. Early 17th century.
[modern Latin defenestratio(n), from de- + fenestra window.]
The action of throwing a thing or (usually) a person out of a window.
defenestrate verb intrans. E17
While defenestrations are probably a lot less common than Hollywood action films would have us believe, there have been a number of high profile window tossings throughout history. Perhaps the most famous is that of Jezebel, who was ignominiously tossed out of a window by her own eunuchs (and then, to add insult to blunt force trauma, she was eaten by dogs).
Perhaps the most bizarre case, however, is Garry Hoy's autodefenestration in 1993. Hoy was a Canadian lawyer with a penchant for demonstrating the unbreakability of his firm's windows by hurling himself against them. Unfortunately, on what would be his last demonstration, he again successfully showed that the glass was unbreakable, but not so the window frames into which they were set, and he plummeted to his death from the 24th floor.
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