the act of throwing someone or something out of a window

Defenestration is the action of throwing something, especially a person, out of a window. The word comes from the Latin de- (down or away from) and fenestra (window or opening).[1]

History of the wordEdit

The word comes from two events in history, which both took place in Prague. In 1419, seven town officials were thrown from the Town Hall, starting the Hussite War. In 1618, two Imperial governors and their secretary were thrown from Prague Castle, which started the Thirty Years War. These two event, particularly in 1618, were called the Defenestration of Prague and gave rise to the word and the idea.

Other famous defenestrationsEdit


  1. Douglas Harper (2001). "defenestration". Online Etymological Dictionary.
  2. May 19, Lori Culbert Updated; 2017 (24 November 2001). "Story of a shattered life: A single childhood incident pushed Dawn Crey into a downward spiral - Vancouver Sun".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  3. "Claims of 'incitement to suicide' after journalist falls to his death". Archived from the original on 2007-05-15. Retrieved 2010-12-07.
  4. Palestinian gunmen target Haniyeh's home in Gaza, Associated Press, 11/06/2007 [1]