Definition of putsch in English:

putsch

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Pronunciation: /pʊtʃ
 
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noun

A violent attempt to overthrow a government; a coup.
More 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'.

Derivatives

putschist

noun
More example sentences
  • This deprived the putschists of a constitutional fig-leaf to cover their seizure of power.
  • Before Owen there were millennarians and utopians, prophets and putschists.
  • The putschists wasted no time in sending aerial-amphibian troops to Estonia to reinforce the Soviet army forces garrisoned there.

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