What does coup de grace mean?

Definitions for coup de grace
ˌku də ˈgrɑs; kucoup de grace

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. deathblow, coup de gracenoun

    the blow that kills (usually mercifully)


  1. coup de grâcenoun

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


  1. coup de grace

    A coup de grâce is a finishing blow.


  1. coup de grace

    A coup de grace is a final action or event that serves to end something decisively. It is a French term meaning "stroke of grace" or "blow of mercy," often signifying a death blow intended to end the suffering of a wounded creature. It can also be used metaphorically in non-violent contexts to mean a final, decisive action.


  1. Coup de grâce

    A coup de grâce is a death blow to end the suffering of a severely wounded person or animal. It may be a mercy killing of civilians or soldiers, friends or enemies, with or without the sufferer's consent. It may also be the final event that causes a figurative death: The business had been struggling for years. The sharp jump in oil prices was the coup de grâce. Examples of coup de grâce include shooting the heart or head of a wounded, but still living, person during an execution or by humanely killing a suffering, mortally wounded soldier, in war, for whom medical aid is not available. Other examples include firing squads administering a coup de grâce if the first hail of gunfire fails to kill the prisoner or a near-beheading to quickly end a samurai's agony after seppuku.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. coup de grace

    The finishing shot which brings an enemy to surrender; or the wound which deprives an adversary of life or resistance.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. coup de grace

    A finishing or decisive stroke.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Coup de Grace

    The merciful finishing stroke of the executioner after a criminal had been tortured by having all his bones broken on a wheel. One blow on the head then put him out of his misery.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of coup de grace in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of coup de grace in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of coup de grace in a Sentence

  1. Mike Esmond:

    Werein an area here thats a big vacation area and our summer was devastated, it became a no-brainer that this year was going to be alot worse for some families thanwhat last year was. The pandemic and mother nature really threw the coup de grace with Hurricane Sally.

  2. Zhang Hanwen:

    This isn't to say we conclusively disproved any human involvement, in our scenario, modern humans settled on each landmass after proboscidean extinction risk had already escalated. An ingenious, highly adaptable social predator like our species could be the perfect black swan occurrence to deliver the coup de grâce.

  3. Kim Forrest:

    None of us know what the future is, but given this moment, where we've gotten very conflicting data, it makes investors nervous, i think the final coup de grâce is the Federal Reserve and Federal Reserve tightening phase has made them even more nervous.

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