Translation of coup in Spanish:

coup

Pronunciation: /kuː/

noun/nombre (plural coups /kuːz/)

  • 1 (successful action) golpe (masculine) maestro to pull off a coup dar* un golpe maestro
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    • Two of the greatest Second World War intelligence coups were achieved by the Russians.
    • A young man who scored a major coup by being elected to both local authorities having had difficulties in getting nominated.
    • If the deal is successful, it would be a major coup for the galleries, putting its collection of modern art on a par with London's Tate Modern.
  • 2coup (d'état) [Politics/Política] golpe (masculine) (de estado) to stage a coup dar* un golpe (de estado)
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    • In November he precipitated a second coup d'état.
    • This was the coup d'état of his grandfather Louis XV and chancellor Maupeou against the parlements.
    • The country's all-powerful military, which has seized power in three coups since 1960, sees staunch secularism as a pillar of the state.

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.