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countercoup

[koun-ter-koo] /ˈkaʊn tərˌku/
noun, plural countercoups
[koun-ter-kooz] /ˈkaʊn tərˌkuz/ (Show IPA)
1.
a coup aimed at the replacement of a government that itself achieved power through an earlier coup.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65; counter- + coup1
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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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