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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was here that she delivered her coup de grace.’
    • ‘The coup de grâce may have been administered from without, as for example when Alaric and the Visigoths brought down the Roman Empire.’
    • ‘The Depression administered the coup de grace.’
    • ‘He was given the coup de grace by paratroopers as he lay wounded on the ground.’
    • ‘Of course, the final coup de grace will be my roommate.’
    • ‘Apparently, the coup de grace has just been administered.’
    • ‘This is the coup de grace, my shot heard around the world, my crowning glory.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Darwin's Origin of Species, published in 1859, delivered the coup de grace.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘Then, as he breaths his last, the dogs are called off and the huntmaster, emotionless, delivers the coup de grace.’
    • ‘All he has to do is deliver the coup de grace.’
    • ‘Even if later decisions wash away the earlier one's foundation, still the power to administer the coup de grâce belongs to our superiors.’
    • ‘The final nihilistic twists are 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nearby, a motorist stopped his car, produced his firearm, and delivered the coup de grace to the camera that had just photographed him.’
    • ‘The final coup de grâce here, along with jiggling jello and super-fake cakes, is a self-serve soft ice cream dispenser..’
    death blow, finishing blow, killing, dispatch
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    1. 1.1 An 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

/ku də ɡʀas//ˌkuː də ˈɡrɑːs/