A coup d'état (//; French: blow o state; plural: coups d'état), an aa kent as a coup, a putsch, or an owerthrow, is the suddent an illegal seizur o a govrenment, uisually instigatit bi a smaa group o the existin state establishment—teepically the militar—tae depose the established govrenment an replace it wi a new rulin body, ceevil or militar. A coup d'état is considered successfu when the usurpers establish thair dominance. When the coup neither fails completely nor succeeds, a ceevil war is a likely consequence.
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- Legal thought in the United States of America under contemporary pressures: Reports from the United States of America on topics of major concern as established for the VIII Congress of the International Academy of Comparative Law Authors: International Academy of Comparative Law, American Association for the Comparative Study of Law Editors John Newbold Hazard, Wenceslas J. Wagner Publisher: Émile Bruylant, 1970 Length 689 pages p. 509 Quote: "But even if the most laudatory of motivations be assumed, the fact remains that the coup d'état is a deliberately illegal act of the gravest kind and strikes at the highest level of law and order in society..."
- Coup d'etat: a practical handbook By Edward Luttwak p. 172 Quote: "Clearly the coup is by definition illegal, "
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- Coup d'etat Definition from Auburn U. Quote: A quick and decisive extra-legal seizure of governmental power bi a relatively small but highly organized group of political or military leaders...