Share this entry

Share this page

putsch

Syllabification: putsch
Pronunciation: /po͝oCH
 
/

Definition of putsch in English:

noun

A violent attempt to overthrow a government.
Example sentences
  • In Caracas, the elected president is a Castroite who earlier attempted a beer-hall putsch and is busily immiserating his middle class.
  • Whether this would be achieved by popular uprising or a putsch by a few well placed individuals with Western backing has yet to be seen.
  • Not a few thought that the Herut might mount a putsch.

Origin

1920s: from Swiss German, literally 'thrust, blow'.

Definition of putsch in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day Sprachgefühl
Pronunciation: ˈSHpräkɡəˌf(y)o͞ol
noun
intuitive understanding of a language’s natural idiom…