The definition of a coup d etat is a sudden, forced overthrow of a government or a ruler.
An example of a coup d etat is a violent takeover of a government.
the sudden, forcible overthrow of a ruler, government, etc., sometimes with violence, by a small group of people already having some political or military authority
Origin of coup d'étatFr, literally , stroke of state
nounpl. coups d'état, or coup d'états
The sudden overthrow of a government by a usually small group of persons in or previously in positions of authority.
Origin of coup d'etatFrench coup blow, stroke de of état state
(plural coups d'état or coup d'états)