MR KING'S WORD OF THE WEEK Mon. 24th January 2011
(noun) the act of throwing someone or something out of a window (usually with malicious intent)
History: 17th century, from Latin de + fenestra, = window
Note: Many political conflicts and wars have seen defenestrations – for instance, Prague 1419 & 1618. In 1203 it is reported that King John of England murdered his nephew, Arthur of Brittany, by defenestration. In Warsaw, Poland, in 1863, Russian troops defenestrated the composer Chopin’s piano. Luckily, he wasn’t playing it at the time.
Example: “I wasn’t too happy when my best mate defenestrated my school bag just for laughing at his new haircut.” Mr S. King