Definition of coup de grâce in English:

coup de grâce


  • 1A final blow or shot given to kill a wounded person or animal.

    ‘he administered the coup de grâce with a knife’
    • ‘Then, as he breaths his last, the dogs are called off and the huntmaster, emotionless, delivers the coup de grace.’
    • ‘It still left the French three scores behind and they were soon penned back inside their own half again as England strove to deliver the coup de grace.’
    • ‘This is the coup de grace, my shot heard around the world, my crowning glory.’
    • ‘All he has to do is deliver the coup de grace.’
    • ‘The final nihilistic twists are the coup de grace.’
    • ‘The final coup de grâce here, along with jiggling jello and super-fake cakes, is a self-serve soft ice cream dispenser..’
    • ‘Nearby, a motorist stopped his car, produced his firearm, and delivered the coup de grace to the camera that had just photographed him.’
    • ‘Even if later decisions wash away the earlier one's foundation, still the power to administer the coup de grâce belongs to our superiors.’
    • ‘As it was, the format of the tournament meant New Zealand were to play the Brazilian part and apply the coup de grace to Scotland, which they duly did by the score of 26-12.’
    • ‘He curved and twisted the blade in his hand, a brief egotistical display before delivering the coup de grace, but it would prove to be his downfall.’
    • ‘Of course, the final coup de grace will be my roommate.’
    • ‘He was given the coup de grace by paratroopers as he lay wounded on the ground.’
    • ‘It was here that she delivered her coup de grace.’
    • ‘The Depression administered the coup de grace.’
    • ‘Lashed to the end of the blowpipe is a sharp bayonet with which they administer the coup de grace once the pig is cornered.’
    • ‘His studies show that the oldest of the skeletons was a man in his late 70s who was killed by a blow to the head, ‘a coup de grace,’ as he describes it.’
    • ‘The coup de grâce may have been administered from without, as for example when Alaric and the Visigoths brought down the Roman Empire.’
    • ‘Darwin's Origin of Species, published in 1859, delivered the coup de grace.’
    • ‘Apparently, the coup de grace has just been administered.’
    • ‘This causes it to lower its head without which the matador couldn't perform the coup de grace in the final part of the fight’
    death blow, finishing blow, killing, dispatch
    kiss of death
    ko, kayo
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    1. 1.1An action or event that serves as the culmination of a bad or deteriorating situation.
      ‘Howarth delivered the coup de grâce with a penalty two minutes from time’


French, literally stroke of grace.


coup de grâce

/ˌkuː də ˈɡrɑːs//French ku də ɡʀas/