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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.]
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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]
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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]
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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.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.coup de grace - the blow that kills (usually mercifully)
kill, putting to death, killing - the act of terminating a life
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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.
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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
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

coup de grace

[ˌkuːdəˈgrɑːs] n (frm) → colpo di grazia
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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