coup d'é·tat (k′ dā-tä)
n. pl. coups d'état (k′) or coup d'états (dā-täz)
The sudden overthrow of a government by a usually small group of persons in or previously in positions of authority.
[French : coup, blow, stroke + de, of + état, state.]
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