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

  • n. A sudden attempt by a group to overthrow a government.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A coup; an illegal effort to forcibly overthrow the current government.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a sudden and decisive change of government illegally or by force

Etymologies

German, from German dialectal, from Middle High German, thrust, of imitative origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German Putsch, from Alemannic German. (Wiktionary)

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