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[poo ch] /pʊtʃ/
a plotted revolt or attempt to overthrow a government, especially one that depends upon suddenness and speed.
Origin of putsch
1915-20; < German Putsch, orig. Swiss German: literally, violent blow, clash, shock; introduced in sense “coup” in standard German through Swiss popular uprisings of the 1830s, especially the Zurich revolt of Sept. 1839 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for putsch
  • But this time, they clubbed together and insisted that the putsch would not stand.
  • Huge and threatening crowds gathered to stop the imaginary putsch.
  • Troops involved in the attempted power grab defected, and the putsch failed.
British Dictionary definitions for putsch


a violent and sudden uprising; political revolt, esp a coup d'état
Word Origin
C20: from German: from Swiss German: a push, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for putsch

1920, from German Putsch "revolt, riot," from Swiss dialect, literally "a sudden blow, push, thrust, shock," of imitative origin.

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