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  • n. 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.

Etymologies

Borrowing from French coup d'état (literally "stroke of state"). (Wiktionary)

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  • The sudden overthrow of a government. (from WordCraft)

    May 20, 2008