defenestrate
[ dee-fen-uh-streyt ]
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Part of Speechverb, verbOrigin + Etymology
early 17th century; English; derived from the noun defenestration, from modern Latin defenestratio(n- ), from de- ‘down from’ + Latin fenestra ‘window’
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Definition
verbto suddenly remove (a person) from an important position or office
verbto throw (a person or thing) out of a window
Examples
verbA) After the investigation, the board voted to defenestrate him from the position. B) If she could prove wrongdoing, she could defenestrate her rival from the council.
verbA) Frustrated with its constant ringing, she went to defenestrate the alarm clock. B) It's a common trope in action movies for the hero to defenestrate a villain.
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