Definition of coup de grâce in English:

coup de grâce

Syllabification: coup de grâce
Pronunciation: /ˌko͞o də ˈgräs

noun (plural coups de grâce pronunc. same)

  • 1A final blow or shot given to kill a wounded person or animal: he administered the coup de grâce with a knife
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    • Of course, the final coup de grace will be my roommate.
    • This is the coup de grace, my shot heard around the world, my crowning glory.
    • The final coup de grâce here, along with jiggling jello and super-fake cakes, is a self-serve soft ice cream dispenser..
    death blow, finishing blow, kiss of death, final blow
    informal KO, kayo
  • 1.1An action or event that serves as the culmination of a bad or deteriorating situation: the epidemic has been the coup de grâce for the airline crisis


late 17th century: French, literally 'stroke of grace'.

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