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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.
Bonaparte's lieutenant, to carry out the coup d'état of 18 Fructidor against the Councils (4 Sept., 1797), and France was once more a prey to a Jacobin and anti-Catholic policy.
King Michael of Rumania had been in touch both with the CIA and with the Russian Legation in Turkey, and made preparations for a coup d'état which was to be followed by the "internment" of the troops of his erstwhile ally: he awaited only the signal, which was to be the passage of the Dniester by Tolbukhin.
Treuer Heinrich — the cognomen had been bestowed on him by Hitler personally in recognition of his perfect loyalty — had at his command the most perfect machinery for a coup d'état that has ever existed, in the police, the Gestapo, the SD, and the SS.