coup de grace definition

  • noun:
    • the stroke of mercy with which an executioner ends by demise the sufferings associated with the condemned; hence, a decisive, finishing swing.
    • the blow that eliminates (usually mercifully)
    • the stroke of mercy with which an executioner comes to an end by demise the sufferings of condemned; thus, a decisive, finishing swing.
    • the blow that kills (usually mercifully)

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