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What is the definition of coup d'état?

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A coup d'etat is the sudden overthrow of a government by the military in order to replace a part or all of the previous government. Actually a coup d'etat is just a name for an unconstitutional overthrow of a legitimate government by a small group of the state establishment..... This can be, but doesnt have to be the military. More precisely it would be a Junta if done by the military.
a "coup d'état" is the sudden, frequently forceful, overthrow of a government to replace the ruler by another one.
A action which triumphs over a rival
un coup d'état is the overthrow of a government
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia A coup d'état(also coup) is the sudden overthrow of a government by a part of the state establishment - usually the military - to replace the branch of the stricken government, either with another civil government or with a military government.

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