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First attested circa 17th century, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] de-, "out" + fenestra, "window," historically, it was used as an act of political dissent, notably the Defenestrations of Prague.

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  1. The act of throwing something, or someone, out of a window.
    • 1905, Rossiter Johnson (Ed.), The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11, pages 62–75,
      The "Defenestration" at Prague (A.D. 1618). ... The imperial Austrian Councillors are thrown out of the window of the castle of Hradschin by the enraged Bohemian Deputies
  2. (UK) High profile removal of a person from an organization.
    quotations:
    • "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." —Sunday Times, September 4, 2005
  3. (neologism) The act of removing Windows operating system from a computer in order to install an alternative one.

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