coup d'état


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coup d'é·tat

 (ko͞o′ dā-tä′)
n. pl. coups d'état (ko͞o′) or coup d'états (dā-täz′)
The sudden overthrow of a government by a usually small group of persons in or previously in positions of authority.

[French : coup, blow, stroke + de, of + état, state.]

coup d'état

(ˈkuː deɪˈtɑː; French ku deta)
n, pl coups d'état (ˈkuːz deɪˈtɑː; French ku deta)
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a sudden violent or illegal seizure of government
[French, literally: stroke of state]

coup d'état

A French phrase meaning blow of state, used to mean a sudden overthrow of a government.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.coup d'état - a sudden and decisive change of government illegally or by forcecoup d'etat - a sudden and decisive change of government illegally or by force
group action - action taken by a group of people
countercoup - a sudden and decisive overthrow of a government that gained power by a coup d'etat

coup d'état

noun overthrow, takeover, coup, rebellion, putsch, seizure of power, palace revolution The government put down an attempted coup d'état last week.
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coup d'état

[ˈkuːdeɪˈtɑː] ncoup m d'État

coup

(kuː) noun
1. a sudden successful action. He achieved a real coup by completing this deal.
2. a coup d'état. There's been a coup in one of the African republics.
coup d'état (kuːdeiˈtaː) plural coups d'état (kuːdei-)
– a sudden and violent change in government. The president was killed during the coup d'état.

coup

(kuː) noun
1. a sudden successful action. He achieved a real coup by completing this deal.
2. a coup d'état. There's been a coup in one of the African republics.
coup d'état (kuːdeiˈtaː) plural coups d'état (kuːdei-)
– a sudden and violent change in government. The president was killed during the coup d'état.