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

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Recent Examples on the Web The Great does an excellent job of tempering the gravity of a coup d'etat with the sheer ridiculousness of the Russian court. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Your Favourite Quarantine Binge Is Coming Back For An Even Wilder Second Season," 5 Jan. 2021 The Great does an excellent job of tempering the gravity of a coup d'etat with the sheer ridiculousness of the Russian court. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Your Favourite Quarantine Binge Is Coming Back For An Even Wilder Second Season," 5 Jan. 2021 The Great does an excellent job of tempering the gravity of a coup d'etat with the sheer ridiculousness of the Russian court. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Your Favourite Quarantine Binge Is Coming Back For An Even Wilder Second Season," 5 Jan. 2021 The Great does an excellent job of tempering the gravity of a coup d'etat with the sheer ridiculousness of the Russian court. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Your Favourite Quarantine Binge Is Coming Back For An Even Wilder Second Season," 5 Jan. 2021 The Great does an excellent job of tempering the gravity of a coup d'etat with the sheer ridiculousness of the Russian court. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Your Favourite Quarantine Binge Is Coming Back For An Even Wilder Second Season," 5 Jan. 2021 The Great does an excellent job of tempering the gravity of a coup d'etat with the sheer ridiculousness of the Russian court. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Your Favorite Quarantine Binge Is Coming Back For An Even Wilder Second Season," 2 July 2020 After a military coup d'etat forced her to leave her home in Athens, Princess Alice moved back to England in 1967 and stayed in a suite in Buckingham Palace, according to her obituary in The New York Times. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Incredible True Story of Prince Philip's Mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg," 17 Nov. 2019 Morales’ supporters have likened his resignation to a coup d'etat – an assertion echoed by some Washington lawmakers. Fox News, "Bolivia opposition leader declares herself president after Evo Morales’ resignation," 13 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of coup d'état was in 1646

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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 5 Mar. 2021.

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coup d'état

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English Language Learners Definition of coup d'état

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

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