Definition of Coup d'etat

1. Noun. A sudden and decisive change of government illegally or by force.

Exact synonyms: Coup, Putsch, Takeover
Generic synonyms: Group Action
Specialized synonyms: Countercoup
Specialized synonyms: October Revolution, Russian Revolution
Derivative terms: Take Over

Definition of Coup d'etat

1. Noun. The sudden overthrow of a government, differing from a revolution by being carried out by a small group of people who replace only the leading figures. ¹

2. Noun. (alternative form of coup d'état) ¹

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Literary usage of Coup d'etat

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1. The Constitutions and Other Select Documents Illustrative of the History of by Frank Maloy Anderson (1904)
"Documents upon the Coup d'Etat of December 2, 1851. These documents throw light upon many features of the coup d'etat of December 2, 1851, ..."

2. The Cambridge Modern History by Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1908)
"With an ambitious Queen by his side, and Hans Svane and Hans Nansen as his allies, Frederick determined to follow up his advantage with a coup d'etat. ..."

3. The French Revolution: A Political History, 1789-1804 by François-Alphonse Aulard (1910)
"Preparations for the coup d'etat.—IV. The "day" of the i8th of Brumaire.—V. The igth of Brumaire.—VI. Suppression and replacement of the Directory. ..."

4. An Englishman in Paris: (notes and Recollections). by Albert Dresden Vandam (1892)
"... financial embarrassments—His charity—What the Empire really meant to him—De Persigny virtually the moving spirit in the Coup d'Etat—Louis-Napoleon might ..."

5. Literary Studies by Walter Bagehot (1879)
"... FRENCH COUP D'ETAT OF 1851. (Addressed to tlie Editor of ' THE INQUIRES.') LETTER I. THE DICTATORSHIP. PABIS : Jan. 8, 1852. SIE,—You have asked me to ..."

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