Coup d'état

A coup d'état (pronounced [ˌku.de.ˈta]), or just coup ([ˈku]) for short, is the removal of a head of state and/or head of government from power (overthrow). Unlike a revolution, which usually takes large numbers of people to take over, a coup can be done by a small number of people. Even one person can cause a coup who, Idi Amin for example, controls the country's army. Coups can also be done by other countries, such as the 1953 Iranian coup d'état. One well-known failed coup was the Beer Hall Putsch, where Adolf Hitler tried to take over the government of the state of Bavaria in Germany.

The term comes from French for "a (sudden) blow (or strike) to a state".

Informally, coup is sometimes used to refer to takeovers, or wins, in places other than government, such as inside a company or corporation.


Other Languages
Afrikaans: Staatsgreep
Alemannisch: Putsch
Ænglisc: Rīce-stīp
العربية: انقلاب
aragonés: Golpe d'estato
asturianu: Golpe d'Estáu
azərbaycanca: Dövlət çevrilişi
Bân-lâm-gú: Chèng-piàn
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Дзяржаўны пераварот
bosanski: Državni udar
brezhoneg: Taol-stad
català: Cop d'estat
Cebuano: Kudeta
dansk: Statskup
Deutsch: Putsch
ދިވެހިބަސް: ބަޣާވާތް
Ελληνικά: Πραξικόπημα
English: Coup d'état
español: Golpe de Estado
Esperanto: Puĉo
euskara: Estatu-kolpe
فارسی: کودتا
français: Coup d'État
Gaeilge: Coup d'état
한국어: 쿠데타
हिन्दी: तख़्ता पलट
hrvatski: Vojni udar
Bahasa Indonesia: Kudeta
íslenska: Valdarán
italiano: Colpo di Stato
עברית: הפיכה
Basa Jawa: Kudhéta
ქართული: პუტჩი
Kiswahili: Thaura
Lëtzebuergesch: Putsch
Limburgs: Staotsgreep
lumbaart: Colp de Stat
magyar: Puccs
مصرى: انقلاب
Bahasa Melayu: Rampasan kuasa
Nederlands: Staatsgreep
日本語: クーデター
norsk: Statskupp
norsk nynorsk: Kupp
Nouormand: Co d'êtat
occitan: Còp d'estat
پښتو: کودتا
polski: Zamach stanu
português: Golpe de Estado
Runa Simi: Wamink'a maqay
slovenčina: Štátny prevrat
slovenščina: Državni udar
Soomaaliga: Afganbi
کوردی: کودەتا
српски / srpski: Државни удар
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Puč
svenska: Statskupp
Tagalog: Kudeta
татарча/tatarça: Дәүләт түнтәрелеше
Türkçe: Askerî darbe
Tiếng Việt: Đảo chính
粵語: 政變
中文: 政變