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Coup d'état

The military takeover in Thailand is now considered ...


Lookups spiked on May 22, 2014.


The military takeover in Thailand, which began with two days of martial law, is now considered a coup d'état. As the Daily Beast reported: "There's no doubt now: The military has staged a coup d'état in Thailand."

Coup d'état (or just coup) means "the violent overthrow or alteration of an existing government by a small group." It is also often spelled without the accent mark (coup d'etat).

In French, coup d'état literally means "stroke of the state" - "stroke" as in "knock" or "blow."

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