coup d'état

coup d'état

[koo dey-tah; French koo dey-ta]
noun, plural coups d'état [koo dey-tahz; French koo dey-ta] .
a sudden and decisive action in politics, especially one resulting in a change of government illegally or by force.

1640–50; < French: literally, stroke concerning the state

overthrow, rebellion, revolution, uprising. Unabridged
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coup d'état (ˈkuː deɪˈtɑː, French ku deta)
n , pl coups d'état
a sudden violent or illegal seizure of government
[French, literally: stroke of state]

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coup d'etat
1640s, from Fr. Coup d'étate, lit. "stroke of the state" (see coup).
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coup d'état [(kooh day-tah)]

A quick and decisive seizure of governmental power by a strong military or political group. In contrast to a revolution, a coup d'état, or coup, does not involve a mass uprising. Rather, in the typical coup, a small group of politicians or generals arrests the incumbent leaders, seizes the national radio and television services, and proclaims itself in power. Coup d'état is French for “stroke of the state” or “blow to the government.”

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