A nonviolent political revolution, especially the relatively smooth change from communism to a Western-style democracy in Czechoslovakia at the end of 1989.
- ‘O'Neill has the time to effect his velvet revolution after the brusque, abrasive and confrontational approach of his predecessor.’
- ‘When Vaclav Havel began his velvet revolution in Prague, Tom, at great personal and professional risk, smuggled printing and publishing equipment into Czechoslovakia to aid the underground press there.’
- ‘Privatization began after the velvet revolution in 1989, and most property owned privately before 1948 has been returned to the owners or their descendants.’
- ‘By the end of the 1980s the Berlin Wall was down and the velvet revolutions in eastern Europe were under way.’
- ‘I would very much like to think that every repressive country in the world could have its velvet revolution, and soon.’
Translating Czech sametová revoluce.