coup d'état

[ koo dey-tah; French koo dey-ta ]SEE DEFINITION OF coup d'état
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He was taken prisoner by the insurgents at the time of the Coup d'Etat.

He sat down at the table and began a warm panegyric on the Coup d'Etat.

Eugene briefly announced the complete success of the Coup d'Etat.

The execution of the coup d'etat was fixed for the early morning of December 2nd.

The war, immediately after the Brumaire coup d'etat, was pushed with vigor.

The Commons refused to dissolve, and the Nobles prepared for a coup d'etat.

The law of May 31, 1850, was the "coup d'etat" of the bourgeoisie.

The coup d'etat of December 2, 1851 drove him from the public service.

This coup d'etat left Melville and the other exiled brethren free to return to Scotland, as they did in November 1585.

In fact, there was a nest of young mutineers just there, which must be broken up by a coup d'etat.

WORD ORIGIN

1640s, from French coup d'étate, literally "stroke of the state" (see coup). Technically any sudden, decisive political act but popularly restricted to the overthrow of a government.

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