noun, plural countercoups [koun-ter-kooz] .
a coup aimed at the replacement of a government that itself achieved power through an earlier coup.

1960–65; counter- + coup1 Unabridged
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a sudden and decisive overthrow of a government that gained power by a coup d'etat 
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The organ then decelerates rapidly and ricochets back to the rear of the skull, a jolt called a countercoup.
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