countercoup

noun coun·ter·coup \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈkü \
variants: or counter-coup
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of countercoup

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 countercoup
  • —Jason Zengerle

First Known Use of countercoup

1847


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