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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Definitions for putsch

  1. a plotted revolt or attempt to overthrow a government, especially one that depends upon suddenness and speed.

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Citations for putsch
Pavel Uritzky had been one of the ring-leaders of the putsch and deeply depressed at its failure. Robert Littell, The Company, 2002
To break this pattern I had to organize a putsch. Unfortunately, the man who organized our own putsch turned out worse than the people he replaced and disobeyed my instructions. Michael T. Kaufman, Soros, 2002
Origin of putsch
Putsch entered English in the early 1900s from the German word of the same spelling. In the original Swiss German, the word literally meant "violent blow," but took on the sense of "coup" in the 1830s.