coup détat

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coup d'é•tat

(ˌku deɪˈtɑ)

n., pl. coups d'é•tat (ˌku deɪˈtɑz, -ˈtɑ)
a sudden and decisive action in politics, esp. one resulting in a change of government illegally or by force.
[1640–50; < French: literally, stroke concerning the state]
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