coup de grâce

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Late 17th century. Borrowed 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.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

coup de grâce (plural coups de grâce)

  1. A final blow or shot given to kill a wounded person or animal.
  2. An action that finishes something.

Usage notes[edit]

Some speakers, aware that some final consonants are dropped in French, drop the final /s/ sound in grâce even though it is pronounced in French, making this sound like French coup de gras (“strike of grease”).

Translations[edit]


French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally "strike of mercy".

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ku də ɡʁɑs/
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Noun[edit]

coup de grâce m (plural coups de grâce)

  1. finishing blow

Descendants[edit]