coup de grâce love

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A deathblow delivered to end the misery of a mortally wounded victim.
  • n. A finishing stroke or decisive event.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A final blow or shot given to kill a wounded person or animal.

Etymologies

French : coup, stroke + de, of + grâce, mercy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Late 17th century, from French coup de grâce ("finishing blow"). Originally referring to a merciful stroke putting a fatally wounded person out of misery or to the shot delivered to the head of a prisoner after facing a firing squad. (Wiktionary)

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  • the coup de grâce that set me off would've made for decent fiction.

    January 27, 2009

  • 1. a finishing stroke or decisive event
    2. a deathblow delivered to end the misery of a mortally wounded victim. (from WordCraft)

    May 20, 2008