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coup d'état

noun \ˌkü-(ˌ)dā-ˈtä, ˈkü-(ˌ)dā-ˌ, -də-\

Simple Definition of coup d'état

  • : a sudden attempt by a small group of people to take over the government usually through violence

Full Definition of coup d'état

plural coups d'état or coups d'etat play \-ˈtä(z), -ˌtä(z)\

  1. :  a sudden decisive exercise of force in politics; especially :  the violent overthrow or alteration of an existing government by a small group

Variants of coup d'état

or coup d'etat play \ˌkü-(ˌ)dā-ˈtä, ˈkü-(ˌ)dā-ˌ, -də-\

Origin of coup d'état

French, literally, stroke of state


First Known Use: 1646


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