Definition of coup de théâtre in English:

coup de théâtre

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Pronunciation: /ˌkuː də teɪˈɑːtr(ə)
, ku də teɑtʀ/

noun (plural coups de théâtre pronunc. same)

  • 1A dramatically sudden action or turn of events, especially in a play.
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    • But Fancioulle's giving of life to a timeless work of art actually prepares the eventual entrance of death onto the stage in a dramatic coup de théâtre.
    • There is a final coup de théâtre that strikes me as needlessly flashy.
    • Dramatically, visually and ideologically, it was a triumph, a daring coup de théâtre that implicitly relocated the largely white audience within the on-stage struggle of the dignified West Indians.
  • 2A successful theatrical production.
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    • This skill, also known as coup d'oeil, was defined by von Clausewitz as ‘the rapid discovery of a truth which to the ordinary mind is not visible at all…’


French, literally 'blow of theatre'.

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