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coup
as in:  deposed in the coup


A successful coup with no bloodshed.
  the sudden overthrow of a government by use of limited force
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Also called a "coup d’état."

Coup has many reasonably common, but highly diverse senses. Accordingly, it is generally recommended that you just learn the sense (or senses) that currently interest you.
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  • A successful coup with no bloodshed.
  • The coup conspirators were arrested.
  • She’s a very talented editor. She’s a nice woman. It’s not about her. Frankly, it was just a coup. They tried to take over.
    Rosie O’Donnell
  • In 2003, I warned of a "creeping coup" in Russia against the forces of democracy and market capitalism in Russia...
    John McCain

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  • They talked for a while about the coup in Uganda, and about the tribal and religious differences there.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • In spite of the wars and coups they were hearing about, Africa was still to them the new continent, and they behaved as though Indar felt like them, was almost one of them.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • After this coup d’etat the Right began to work in silence, but the Left discoursed at length.
    de Balzac, Honore  --  Vendetta
  • Come to take part in our coup d’etat?
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  Anna Karenina
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Associated words [difficulty]:   coup [3]
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