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coup

(ko͞o) [Fr.,=blow], among Native North Americans of the Plains culture, a war honor, awarded for striking an enemy in such a way that it was considered an extreme act of bravery. Generally, coups were awarded according to the degree of difficulty and danger involved; the most extreme, such as striking an armed enemy with the bare hand, counted highest. Killing an enemy, wounding him, scalping him, or stealing his horse or gun—all these were coups of value. Recital of the deeds was an important social function, and a warrior with many coups held a high status and was honored at feasts, ceremonials, and in the tribe. After warfare had ceased, coups became transferable property, passing from the old men to the younger, who needed coups to acquire warrior status in the tribe.

coup (d'état)

the sudden overthrow of state power by unconstitutional, usually violent, means. In contrast to a revolutionary change in power, in a coup there may be no intention to change the social and economic set-up radically. Instead, a change in the governing group may be all that is intended. In recent decades, many coups have been military (see MILITARY INTERVENTION IN POLITICS). See also REVOLUTION.
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In the Yenikapi Demonstration held in Istanbul, more than 5 million people from various political parties came together and demonstrated a common stance against coups in Turkey, politically and on the common ground of civil society.
As a veteran observer of military coups and coup attempts in Turkey, I have never seen any with this magnitude of such inexplicable sloppiness," wrote Cengiz Candar, a columnist for Al-Monitor's (http://www.
This is a day to unite, a day to stand up against coups and dictatorial regimes, a day to let the voice of the people be heard," he said at the rally, organized by his secularist opposition CHP but also backed by the ruling Islamist-rooted AK Party and by other opposition groups.
Before Turkish soldiers filed into central Ankara and Istanbul on July 15 many believed the days of Turkish military coups were long gone.
The people of Pakistan in general and the PPP in particular are aware of the disastrous consequences of bonaparts staging military coups, he said.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- The period of coups d'etat has come to an end in Turkey.
Noong ako'y vice president, hindi ako sumama sa mga coup against GMA, ngayon pa ba (I don't believe in coup d' etat because those who led coups eventually become congressmen, senators, politicians.
Seizing Power: The Strategic Logic of Military Coups
Nine-nerbiyos din ho ako pero ang sinasabi ko na lamang ho ang trabaho ho namin merong professional risks (I'm already used to fighting coups.
Serghini a conforte son avance en rendant une carte de 65 coups (66 sous le Par).
While individual coups d'etat have often been the subject of attention by political scientists, there has not been much work done on coups as a generic political phenomenon.
The British intelligence body has plotted two big coups against the great and civilized nation of Iran throughout the history," said the statement.