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coup d'etat

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n coup d'etat a sudden and decisive change of government illegally or by force
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Coup d'état (Politics) a sudden, decisive exercise of power whereby the existing government is subverted without the consent of the people; an unexpected measure of state, more or less violent; a stroke of policy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Coup d'etat a sudden or violent stroke of state policy, as that by which Louis Napoleon subverted the constitution (Dec. 2, 1851)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—colaphos, a blow.

Usage

In literature:

Gavard had lost his wife in the Rue Saint Jacques some months after the Coup d'Etat; however, he had kept on his roasting shop till 1856.
"The Fat and the Thin" by Emile Zola
The fashion of the moment suddenly became Napoleonic, and with the coup d'etat the Republic was metamorphosed into an Empire.
"The Parisians, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
She had heard from Mrs. Farnum only once since her coup d'etat, when she had given an account of that last interview with the heart-broken wife.
"Virgie's Inheritance" by Mrs. Georgie Sheldon
After three years the boy king of a sudden coup d'etat assumed the reins of Government.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol XII." by Arthur Mee
And so, on August 1st, a quiet coup d'etat was effected.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
Coup d'etat of Provisional Government of Hawaii.
"History of the United States, Volume 5" by E. Benjamin Andrews
Louis Napoleon had, by the coup d'etat of December 1, 1851, imposed his dictatorship on France.
"Belgium" by Emile Cammaerts
The time begins on the eve of the Coup d'Etat, and allows itself a gap of five years between the first and second halves of the book.
"A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2" by George Saintsbury
The chief characteristic of the second empire established after Napoleon III's coup d'etat in 1852 was expansion.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume I (of 8)" by Various
There were rumors of an impending march on the White House, of a coup d'etat.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
I was of the police, but my father was shot in the coup d'etat.
"A Diplomatic Adventure" by S. Weir Mitchell
However, we live in hopes of revolution or a coup d'etat or some other little incident to liven up the dog days.
"Letters from China and Japan" by John Dewey
He who on the eve of the Coup d'Etat remained, at any rate outwardly, perfectly stolid, was fuming and fretting at the delay.
"An Englishman in Paris" by Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
Zhivkov managed to avert the attempted coup d'etat and afterward strengthened his power base within the party.
"Area Handbook for Bulgaria" by Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
The task was a difficult one, as the numerous coups d'etat had shaken both public morality and military discipline.
"Napoleon's Marshals" by R. P. Dunn-Pattison
After the coup d'etat he retired to Brussels, where he became Professor at the University.
"A Biographical Dictionary of Freethinkers of All Ages and Nations" by Joseph Mazzini Wheeler
No Prince or King of Serbia surprised his people with so many coups d'etat.
"Serbia: A Sketch" by Helen Leah Reed
The war, immediately after the Brumaire coup d'etat, was pushed with vigor.
"The Sword of Honor, volumes 1 & 2" by Eugène Sue
At the Coup d'etat, Dr. Baudin, a deputy, for defending the rights of the National Assembly, was shot on a barricade.
"Lives of Poor Boys Who Became Famous" by Sarah K. Bolton
Subsequent to this coup d'etat, the Professor did a little venting of feelings in his turn.
"The American Occupation of the Philippines 1898-1912" by James H. Blount
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In poetry:

The scrape of runners, the answering scrape
of a door: the roar of Taiga winds.
A royal decree arrives:
- Coup d'etat and the grandee is coming.
""Patiently, as one grinds gravel"" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva

In news:

Fashion District offices of Coup D'Etat.
'Bright Lights, No City' and 'My First Coup d'Etat'.
My First Coup d'Etat By John Dramani Mahama Bloomsbury USA 336 pp.
The big lie coup d'etat.
'We've Been Witnessing a Coup D'Etat'.
Is this a financial coup d'etat.
Bouquets for a coup d'etat.
Aristide says US deposed him in 'coup d'etat'.
There's a coup d'etat brewing at the Harvard Club.
The following year, U.S.-backed Gen Lon Nol declared a coup d'etat while the king was on an official visit to the Soviet Union and abolished the monarchy.
Langton said the Maldivian Democratic Party was deeply concerned about her safety because of the documented abuses of other detainees held in police custody since the coup d'etat on Feb 7.
Imports Inc, the distributor of Quesada Cigars, is putting the final touches on a limited-edition line of cigars called Q d'etat—a play on the concept of "coup d'etat"—in an attempt to help unite cigar smokers in support of their rights.
Theatre Coup d'Etat says its mission is to "provoke an emotional and analytical response" in audiences.
A coup d'etat is a better word for what they want.
WASHINGTON, DECEMBER 19— With Jesse Jackson calling George W Bush the victor in "a coup d'etat, led by the US Supreme Court," African American leaders stepped up their attacks on the "legitimacy" of the new administration.
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