coup vs putsch what difference

what is difference between coup and putsch

English

Etymology

Borrowed from French coup (blow, strike), from Late Latin colpus, from Latin colaphus. Doublet of colpus.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /kuː/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ku/
  • Rhymes: -uː
  • Homophone: coo

Noun

coup (plural coups)

  1. A quick, brilliant, and highly successful act.
    Synonym: triumph
    • 2000, P. E. Bryden, The Ontario-Quebec Axis: Postwar Strategies in Intergovernmental Negotiations, Edgar-André Montigny, Anne Lorene Chambers (editors), Ontario Since Confederation: A Reader, page 399,
      The conference was a major coup for Robarts, who received congratulations for his ‘expert handling’ of the ‘risky venture.’
    • 2004, Charles R. Geisst, Wall Street: A History, page 116,
      While the price was considered a coup for Morgan, enhancing his reputation on Wall Street, Carnegie had a different explanation for his selling price.
    • 2005, Laryce Henderson Rybka, Legacy of the Lamp, page 252,
      [] It was quite a coup for Pullen Park to get it. It had been in storage for awhile, and several parks in other places wanted to purchase it.”
    • 2014, Jamie Jackson, “Ángel di María says Manchester United were the ‘only club’ after Real”, The Guardian, 26 August 2014:
      Yet the capture of Di María, who was the man of the match when Real won a 10th Champions League in May, represents something a coup for United considering the club are not in Europe’s premier club competition and need to strengthen their squad after the team have let five points slip from the first two matches.
  2. (US, historical, of Native Americans) A blow against an enemy delivered in a way that shows bravery.
    • 2007, James Mooney, George Bird Grinnell, Edmund Nequatewa, Native American Ways: Four Paths to Enlightenment, page 316,
      Thus, for a horseman to ride over and knock down an enemy, who was on foot, was regarded among the Blackfeet as a coup, for the horseman might be shot at close quarters, or might receive a lance thrust.
  3. A coup d’état.
    Synonym: putsch
    • 1985, Christopher S. Clapham, Third World Politics: An Introduction, page 137,
      Military coups and the military regimes which follow from them are so much a feature of third world politics that their presence or absence in any given region might almost be taken as a rough and ready touchstone of third worldliness.
    • 2003, April A. Gordon, Nigeria’s Diverse Peoples: A Reference Sourcebook, page 130,
      It was the military’s discontent with what was happening in the country and in the military that led to the first military coup in January 1966. The First Republic was brought to an ignoble end and replaced with a military government.
  4. (by extension) A takeover of one group by another.
  5. A single roll of the wheel at roulette, or a deal in rouge et noir.
  6. (bridge) One of various named strategies employed by the declarer to win more tricks, such as the Bath coup.

Derived terms

  • count coup (US, historical)
  • coup stick (US, historical)
  • coupist
  • coupism

Related terms

  • coup d’état
  • coup d’oeil
  • coup de foudre
  • coup de grâce
  • coup de main
  • coup de théâtre

Translations

Verb

coup (third-person singular simple present coups, present participle couping, simple past and past participle couped)

  1. (intransitive) To make a coup.

See also

  • touché (acknowledgement of a successful hit)

Anagrams

  • Cupo

Dutch

Etymology

Borrowed from French coup, from Middle French [Term?], from Old French colp, from Vulgar Latin *colpus, from Latin colaphus, from Ancient Greek κόλαφος (kólaphos).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): (chiefly Netherlands) /kup/, (chiefly Belgium) /ku/
  • Hyphenation: coup
  • Rhymes: -up, -u
  • Homophones: koe, coupe

Noun

coup m (plural coups, diminutive coupje n)

  1. A coup, a coup d’état, a putsch.
    Synonyms: putsch, staatsgreep
  2. A coup, a quick, surprising, brilliant move or action.

Derived terms

  • contracoup
  • couppleger
  • tegencoup

French

Etymology

From Old French colp, cop, from Vulgar Latin *colpus, syncopated form of Latin colaphus, from Ancient Greek κόλαφος (kólaphos).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ku/
  • Homophones: cou, coups, cous, coût, coûts
  • Rhymes: -u

Noun

coup m (plural coups)

  1. blow, hit, strike
    1. sound of the action
    2. physical consequences of the action (marks)
  2. (by extension) fast and instantaneous action
  3. (firearms) load, shot
  4. bit (small quantity)
  5. planned action
  6. (slang) lay

Derived terms

Related terms

  • beaucoup
  • coupe
  • couper

Descendants

Further reading

  • “coup” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Norman

Noun

coup m (plural coups)

  1. Alternative form of co

Old French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /kɔwp/

Noun

coup m (oblique plural cous, nominative singular cous, nominative plural coup)

  1. Alternative form of colp

Scots

Etymology

Perhaps related to English cope.

Verb

coup

  1. (transitive) To overturn.


English

Etymology

Borrowed from German Putsch, from Alemannic German Putsch (knock, thrust, blow), of imitative origin.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /pʊtʃ/
  • Rhymes: -ʊtʃ

Noun

putsch (plural putsches)

  1. A coup d’état; an illegal effort to forcibly overthrow the current government.
    Synonyms: coup, coup d’état
    • 2010, Thompson, M. 2010. Modernisation theory’s last redoubt: democratisation in east and south east Asia. In Yin-wah Chu and Siu-lun Wong (ed), ‘East Asia’s new democracies: deepening, reversal, non-liberal alternatives’. London, Routledge.p98.
      “They have broken the democratic rules of the game by supporting popular mobilisation that has resulted in what can be dubbed a “people power putsch“.”

Derived terms

  • putschist

Quotations

  • For quotations using this term, see Citations:putsch.

Translations

Anagrams

  • schtup

Dutch

Alternative forms

  • Putsch (dated)

Etymology

Borrowed from German Putsch.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /putʃ/
  • Hyphenation: putsch

Noun

putsch m (plural putschen)

  1. A putsch, a coup d’état.
    Synonyms: coup, staatsgreep

Derived terms

  • putschist

French

Etymology

From German Putsch.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /putʃ/

Noun

putsch m (plural putschs)

  1. putsch; military coup d’état

Further reading

  • “putsch” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Portuguese

Etymology

From Alemannic German Putsch

Noun

putsch m (plural putsches)

  1. putsch; coup (effort to overthrow the government)
    Synonyms: golpe de estado, golpe

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