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English definition of “coup d'état”

coup d'état

noun [C]  /ˌkuˌdeɪˈtɑ/ (plural coups d'état or coup d'états  /ˌkuˌdeɪˈtɑ, -ˈtɑz/) (short form coup)
sudden defeat of a government through illegal force by a small group , often a military one
(Definition of coup d'état noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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