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My daughters defenestrated (de-fin-ih-straight-id) all of their belongings from their bedroom once. What do you suppose that means?
In this case, it meant they threw all of their things out their bedroom window. It was a very long, tearful, and exhaustive afternoon and evening they had to spend walking down the hallway, through the living room, down the half-flight of stairs, out the front door, across the lawn, and into the driveway to pick up armfuls of their clothes, toys, shoes, books, and other bedroom items and tote them back across the lawn, in the front door, up the half-flight of stairs, through the living room, down the hall and back into their bedroom.
This is a part of our family history we don't discuss much. To this day, these now grown women and mothers of their own children have no idea what possessed them to defenestrate their precious things.
At least they didn't defenstrate each other, which is how the word is mainly used—to throw someone out a window.
The other thing defenestrate can mean is to throw out of office or authority. A country might grow tired of a dictator and defenestrate him or her from office.
In either case, it is to throw out of a window, either literally or figuratively.
I am Becky Lyn Rickman. I am a writer because I love words almost as much as I love the people in my life. I want to fill the world with magnificent words and then jump in and splash around in them. I live with Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy, my cats, but the only words they really love are "meat" and "gravy."