coup d'état


coup d'état

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

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

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

Full Definition of COUP D'ÉTAT

:  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

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

Origin of COUP D'ÉTAT

French, literally, stroke of state
First Known Use: 1646

coup d'état

   (Concise Encyclopedia)

(French: “stroke of state”) Sudden overthrow, often violent, of an existing government by a group of conspirators. Coups are most common in countries with unstable governments and in countries with little experience of successful democracy. Their success depends on surprise and speed. Coups rarely alter a nation's fundamental social and economic policies or significantly redistribute power. See also military government, revolution.

Variants of COUP D'ÉTAT

coup d'état or coup

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