Cultural Literacy: Coup de Grace

It’s a relatively commonly used Gallicism in English, so here is a Cultural Literacy worksheet on the noun coup de grace. It means “a deathblow or death shot administered to end the suffering of one mortally wounded.” and “a decisive finishing blow, act, or event.” The latter definition obtains in the vernacular, where this noun finds use most frequently to mean “a final blow.”

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