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coup de grâce

 (ko͞o′ də gräs′)
n. pl. coups de grâce (ko͞o′)
1. A deathblow delivered to end the misery of a mortally wounded victim.
2. A finishing stroke or decisive event.

[French : coup, stroke + de, of + grâce, mercy.]

coup de grâce

(ku də ɡrɑs)
n, pl coups de grâce (ku də ɡrɑs)
1. a mortal or finishing blow, esp one delivered as an act of mercy to a sufferer
2. a final or decisive stroke
[literally: blow of mercy]

coup de grâce

(ˌku də ˈgrɑs)

n., pl. coups de grâce (ku)
1. a death blow, esp. one delivered mercifully to end suffering.
2. any finishing or decisive stroke.
[1695–1705; < French: literally, blow of mercy]

coup de grâce

A French phrase meaning blow of mercy, that is, a final killing blow that puts a fatally wounded person out of his misery; used to mean the action or event that finally destroys or ends something.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.coup de grace - the blow that kills (usually mercifully)
kill, putting to death, killing - the act of terminating a life

coup de grâce

(French)
noun final blow, clincher (informal) (slang), kill, knockout blow, mortal blow, quietus, deathblow, mercy stroke His affair administered the coup de grâce to their marriage.
Translations
GnadenschussGnadenstoß
tiro de gracia
armonisku
coup de grâce
dødsskuddnådeskudd

coup de grace

[ˌkuːdəˈgrɑːs] n (= death blow) → coup m de grâce
to deliver the coup de grace → donner le coup de grâce, porter le coup de grâce

coup de grace

[ˌkuːdəˈgrɑːs] n (frm) → colpo di grazia
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