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Meaning of COUP

Pronunciation:  koo

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a brilliant and notable success
  2. [n]  a sudden and decisive change of government illegally or by force
 

COUP is a 4 letter word that starts with C.

 

 Synonyms: coup d'etat, putsch, takeover
 
 See Also: group action, October Revolution, Russian Revolution, success

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Coup\ (k??), n. [F., fr.L. colaphus a cuff, Gr. ????.]
    A sudden stroke; an unexpected device or stratagem; -- a term
    used in various ways to convey the idea of promptness and
    force.
    
    {Coup de grace} (k??" de gr?s") [F.], the stroke of mercy
       with which an executioner ends by death the sufferings of
       the condemned; hence, a decisive, finishing stroke.
    
    {Coup de main} (k??` de m?n`) [F.] (Mil.), a sudden and
       unexpected movement or attack.
    
    {Coup de soleil} (k??` d s?-l?l or -l?"y') [F.] (Med.), a
       sunstroke. See {Sunstroke}.
    
    {Coup d'['e]tat} (k??" d?-t?") [F.] (Politics), a sudden,
       decisive exercise of power whereby the existing government
       is subverted without the consent of the people; an
       unexpected measure of state, more or less violent; a
       stroke of policy.
    
    {Coup d'[oe]il} (k[=oo]` d[~e]l"). [F.]
    (a) A single view; a rapid glance of the eye; a comprehensive
        view of a scene; as much as can be seen at one view.
    (b) The general effect of a picture.
    (c) (Mil.) The faculty or the act of comprehending at a
        glance the weakness or strength of a military position,
        of a certain arrangement of troops, the most advantageous
        position for a battlefield, etc.
    
    
  2. \Coup\ (k[=oo]), n.
    1. A single roll of the wheel at roulette, or a deal at rouge
       et noir. [Cant]
    
    2. Among some tribes of North American Indians, the act of
       striking or touching an enemy in warfare with the hand or
       at close quarters, as with a short stick, in such a manner
       as by custom to entitle the doer to count the deed an act
       of bravery; hence, any of various other deeds recognized
       by custom as acts of bravery or honor.
    
             While the coup was primarily, and usually, a blow
             with something held in the hand, other acts in
             warfare which involved great danger to him who
             performed them were also reckoned coups by some
             tribes.                               --G. B.
                                                   Grinnell.
    
             Among the Blackfeet the capture of a shield, bow,
             gun, war bonnet, war shirt, or medicine pipe was
             deemed a coup.                        --G. B.
                                                   Grinnell.
    
    
  3. \Coup\ v. i.
    To make a coup.
    
          Woe to the Sioux if the Northern Cheyennes get a chance
          to coup !                                --F.
                                                   Remington.
    
    
 
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