- a plotted revolt or attempt to overthrow a government, especially one that depends upon suddenness and speed.
Origin of putsch
1915–20; < German Putsch, orig. Swiss German: literally, violent blow, clash, shock; introduced in sense “coup” in standard German through Swiss popular uprisings of the 1830s, especially the Zurich revolt of Sept. 1839
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Examples from the Web for putsch
A lack of contenders to replace McConnell also makes a putsch unlikely.Will Mitch McConnell Face a Senate Coup?
June 5, 2014
But pity Alison Lundergan Grimes, the primary beneficiary of the anti-Ashley putsch.How Kentucky Democrats Duped the MSM and Helped Elbow Out Ashley Judd
April 1, 2013
Naturally Neurath repeated the standard line, that Röhm had planned a putsch, but Dodd could sense that Neurath was shaken.A Witness to Hitler's Rise
May 27, 2011
- a violent and sudden uprising; political revolt, esp a coup d'état
C20: from German: from Swiss German: a push, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for putsch
1920, from German Putsch "revolt, riot," from Swiss dialect, literally "a sudden blow, push, thrust, shock," of imitative origin.
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