Definition of putsch in English:



  • A violent attempt to overthrow a government; a coup.

    • ‘Taya himself usurped power by force in a 1984 putsch.’
    • ‘De Gaulle became president of France in 1958, following a putsch by French settlers and the military in Algeria.’
    • ‘Not a few thought that the Herut might mount a putsch.’
    • ‘The Turkish military has carried out a total of four putsches against the government over the last 40 years.’
    • ‘In fairness to those behind the alleged attempt at a Conservative putsch, they're not the first to try it hereabouts.’
    • ‘In Caracas, the elected president is a Castroite who earlier attempted a beer-hall putsch and is busily immiserating his middle class.’
    • ‘To this day the PP claims it was itself the victim of a left-wing putsch and refuses to accept the result of the election.’
    • ‘Only three years earlier in 1971, the Turkish army had carried out a putsch, and for two years left-wingers suffered arrest, torture and murder.’
    • ‘The attempted putsch of August 1991 was not far off.’
    • ‘Immediately rumours began to circulate that the blackout was part of a putsch against Estrada.’
    • ‘I was in Moscow shortly before the putsch in 1993 and I noticed a threatening climate.’
    • ‘It was also another putsch, another military putsch, very violent.’
    • ‘August 19, 1991, was the date of the anti-democratic putsch in Moscow.’
    • ‘Whether this would be achieved by popular uprising or a putsch by a few well placed individuals with Western backing has yet to be seen.’
    • ‘Hitler did not come to power through a putsch, but through the ballot-box.’
    • ‘Many of them participated actively in the failed putsch of August 1991.’
    • ‘Following the military putsch in 1980 the system took on a further dimension.’
    • ‘The putsch was rounded off by the Turkish constitutional court which sanctioned the action of the military and banned Refah.’
    • ‘A country whose holidays and putsches all take place in beer halls can't be all bad.’
    • ‘The result has been ideological confusion, civilian helplessness, and an environment eminently hospitable to putsches.’
    insurrection, rebellion, revolt, riot, revolution, uprising, rising, coup, coup d'état, protest, strike
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Early 20th century: from Swiss German, literally ‘thrust, blow’.