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English definition of “coup”

coup

noun [C] (TAKE POWER)    /kuː/ (also coup d'état,   /ˌkuː.deɪˈtɑː/   (plural coups d'état))
C2 a sudden illegal , often violent , taking of government power , especially by part of an army : a military coupTaking action against people in power
(Definition of coup noun (TAKE POWER) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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