coup d'état

noun
\ ˌkü-(ˌ)dā-ˈtä How to pronounce coup d'état (audio) , ˈkü-(ˌ)dā-ˌtä, -də- \
variants: or coup d'etat
plural coups d'état or coups d'etat\ ˌkü-​(ˌ)dā-​ˈtä How to pronounce coup d'état (audio) , ˈkü-​(ˌ)dā-​ˌtä , -​də-​ \ also coup d'états or coup d'etats

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 a military coup d'état of the dictator

Examples of coup d'état in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 84-year-old former leader was overthrown in a coup d'etat in September by a military junta that now leads the West African country. Washington Post, 5 May 2022 Schiff may also want to be reminded of José Sanjurjo y Sacanell, the Spanish general who led the July 1936 coup d'etat that started the Spanish Civil War. Peter Suciu, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 Consider the recent efforts to atone for a massacre and coup d'etat that took place in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1898 and left hundreds dead -- a brutal imposition of White political rule after the progress of Reconstruction. Peniel E. Joseph, CNN, 4 Jan. 2022 In his remarks Monday evening, Erdogan framed the economic crisis as another foreign plot against Turkey, comparing it to a 2016 coup d'etat attempt that failed to push him from power. Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2021 It is often cited by historians as the only violent coup d'etat in the United States. Delano Massey, CNN, 7 Nov. 2021 The situation escalated last month, when a military coup d'etat attributed to forces loyal to Bashir failed, resulting in most of the officers involved being arrested. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, 25 Oct. 2021 After the election of Allende in 1970 and Pinochet’s coup d'etat in 1973, the vast majority of Chilean vineyards fell into disrepair as many large tracts of land were redistributed. Jillian Dara, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 The African Union typically suspends the membership of a country after a coup d'etat. Krista Larson, ajc, 7 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of coup d'état

1646, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coup d'état

French, literally, stroke of state

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“Coup d'état.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coup%20d%27%C3%A9tat. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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