When a group rises up and overthrows a government, it is sometimes called a putsch, or — more commonly — a coup.

This word shares a pronunciation with an informal term for dog, pooch, but there the similarity ends. A putsch is a quick and dirty overthrow of a government; it tends to be used most often for places that experience a lot of these. Putsch comes from the Swiss German word of the same spelling, which means "revolt," or "a sudden blow or push." Another word for a putsch is a coup d'état.

Definitions of putsch

n a sudden and decisive change of government illegally or by force

coup, coup d'etat, takeover
October Revolution
the coup d'etat by the Bolsheviks under Lenin in November 1917 that led to a period of civil war which ended in victory for the Bolsheviks in 1922
a sudden and decisive overthrow of a government that gained power by a coup d'etat
Type of:
group action
action taken by a group of people

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