coup d'etat

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From coup d’État.

Noun[edit]

coup d'etat (plural coups d'etat or coup d'etats)

  1. Alternative form of coup d'état.
    • 1870 October, R.H. Stoddard, “Literature at Home”, reprinted in Putnam’s Magazine. Original Papers of Literature, Science, Art, and National Interests. New Series: Sixth Volume, July—November 1870, 1870, G. P. Putnam and Sons, page 460
      The truth of the axiom that there is nothing so successful as success, is more conclusively proved by the Coup d’Etat of Louis Napoleon than by any other event of the period.
    • 1904, Frank Maloy Anderson [ed.], The Constitutions and Other Select Documents Illustrative of the History of France, 1789–1901, The H. W. Wilson Company, number 111, page 538
      These documents throw light on many features of the coup d’etat of December 2, 1851, and the plebiscite which followed it.
    • 2005, Kenneth D. Ackerman, Boss Tweed: The Rise and Fall of the Corrupt Pol Who Conceived the Soul of Modern New York, Carroll & Graf Publishers, ISBN 078671686X
      [Chapter] 14. Coup d’Etat