[ self-koo ]

  1. a coup d'état performed by the current, legitimate government or a duly elected head of state to retain or extend control over government, through an additional term, an extension of term, an expansion of executive power, the dismantling of other government branches, or the declaration that an election won by an opponent is illegitimate.

Origin of self-coup

First recorded in 1995–2000; translation of Spanish autogolpe, equivalent to auto-1 + golpe “coup”
  • Also called au·to-coup [aw-toh-koo], /ˈɔ toʊˈku/, au·to·gol·pe [aw-toh-gawl-pey] /ˈɔ toʊˈgɔl peɪ/ .

Words Nearby self-coup Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023