coup de grâce
noun, plural coups de grâce [kooduh grahs] /kudə ˈgrɑs/. French.
Origin of coup de grâce
Words nearby coup de grâce
Example sentences from the Web for coup de grace
They were, however, completely powerless, and a double-barrelled gun gave each the "coup-de-grace" by a ball in the forehead.The Rifle and The Hound in Ceylon|Samuel White Baker
In the hands of a master of the art it becomes an incisive weapon, like the blade with which the matador gives his coup-de-grace.The History of the Nineteenth Century in Caricature|Arthur Bartlett Maurice
We may have to administer the "coup-de-grace" with our hand-bayonets."Over There" with the Australians|R. Hugh Knyvett
You cannot be killed accidentally; Odal must perform the coup-de-grace himself.The Dueling Machine|Benjamin William Bova
But when 112he wished to give the coup-de-grace, in vain he sought the knight, he neither saw nor heard.Jaufry the Knight and the Fair Brunissende|Mary Lafon
British Dictionary definitions for coup de grace
noun plural coups de grâce (ku də ɡrɑs)
Word Origin for coup de grâce
Cultural definitions for coup de grace
The final blow: “He had been getting deeper and deeper in debt; the fates delivered the coup de grâce when he died.” The phrase is French for “stroke of mercy.” It originally referred to the merciful stroke that put a fatally wounded person out of his misery or to the shot delivered to the head of a prisoner after he had faced a firing squad.