[poo ch]


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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Related Words for putsch

coup, overthrow, rebellion, revolt, revolution, takeover

Examples from the Web for putsch

Contemporary Examples of putsch

Historical Examples of putsch

  • And I also fail to understand the timing of The Brain's putsch.

    The Brain

    Alexander Blade

  • They were exploiting a local "putsch" so as to carry out a general "pogrom."

    The New Germany

    George Young

British Dictionary definitions for putsch



a violent and sudden uprising; political revolt, esp a coup d'état

Word Origin for putsch

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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