Definition of palace coup in English:

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palace coup

Pronunciation:
(also palace revolution)

noun

The nonviolent overthrow of a sovereign or government by senior officials within the ruling group.
Example sentences
  • Some writers prefer to set out a spectrum of revolutionary aims and outcomes, ranging from total social transformation to change of the ruling general or dictator - the so-called palace revolution.
  • Nobody pointed out that by this time, she was so widely unpopular, within months her own party would organise a palace coup to depose her.
  • The conclusion the opposition has reluctantly reached is that there is no way other than war to remove a tyrant whose five secret police forces make a palace coup or popular uprising impossible.

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Syllabification: pal·ace coup

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