Meaning of coup d'état

coup d'é•tat

Pronunciation: (k" dā-tä' Fr. k dā-ta'), [key]
— pl. coups d'é•tat
  1. a sudden and decisive action in politics, esp. one resulting in a change of government illegally or by force.
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