coup de grâce

coup de grâce

noun \ˌkü-də-ˈgräs\

: an action or event that finally ends or destroys something that has been getting weaker or worse

: a hit or shot that kills a person or animal that is suffering

plural coups de grâce or coups de grace \ˌkü-də-\

Full Definition of COUP DE GRÂCE

:  a deathblow or death shot administered to end the suffering of one mortally wounded
:  a decisive finishing blow, act, or event

Variants of COUP DE GRÂCE

coup de grâce or coup de grace \ˌkü-də-ˈgräs\

Examples of COUP DE GRÂCE

  1. The legislature's decision to cut funding has administered the coup de grâce to the governor's proposal.
  2. <the prosecutor presented his coupe de grâce—a videotape of the beating>


French coup de grâce, literally, stroke of mercy
First Known Use: 1699

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