Definition of coup de grâce noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    coup de grâce

    BrE BrE//ˌkuː də ˈɡrɑːs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌkuː də ˈɡrɑːs//
    [singular] (from French, formal)
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  1. 1an action or event that finally ends something that has been getting weaker or worse My disastrous exam results dealt the coup de grâce to my university career.
  2. 2a hit or shot that finally kills a person or an animal, especially to put an end to their suffering synonym death blow
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: coup de grâce