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coup d'é•tat



Pronunciation: (kOO" dā-tä'; Fr. kOO dā-ta'), [key]
pl. coups d'é•tatPronunciation: (kOO" dā-täz'; Fr. kOO dā-ta'). [key]

a sudden and decisive action in politics, esp. one resulting in a change of government illegally or by force.

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