coun·​ter·​coup ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈkü How to pronounce countercoup (audio)
variants or counter-coup
plural countercoups or counter-coups
: a coup d'état to overthrow or alter a government that was established by an earlier coup d'état
… in 1963, the Baathists had seized power in a coup only to lose it nine months later in a countercoupJason Zengerle

Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of countercoup was in 1847

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“Countercoup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

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