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velvet revolution

the peaceful overthrow of a government, esp a communist government, as occurred in Czechoslovakia in late 1989
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  • In May 2007 she was charged with “crimes against national security and planning a velvet revolution,” and then incarcerated.

    My Iranian Prison Sandra McElwaine September 24, 2009
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  • These "new religion-personality cult-purges" cycles were not absent from the velvet revolution.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
Contemporary definitions for velvet revolution

a nonviolent but great political change, esp. referring to Czechoslovakia's separating into Czech Republic and Slovakia; also written Velvet Revolution

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