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Borrowed from French coup d'État (literally stroke(or blow) of state).

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coup d'état (plural coups d'état or coup d'états)

  1. The sudden overthrow of a government, differing from a revolution by being carried out by a small group of people who replace only the leading figures.
    Synonyms: coup, putsch

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