contretemps


con·tre·temps

noun \ˈkän-trə-ˌtäⁿ, kōⁿ-trə-täⁿ\

: an unfortunate or embarrassing event, argument, or disagreement

plural con·tre·temps \-(ˌ)täⁿ(z)\

Full Definition of CONTRETEMPS

1
:  an inopportune or embarrassing occurrence or situation

Examples of CONTRETEMPS

  1. The senator dismissed his disagreement with the President as a minor contretemps.
  2. <there was a bit of a contretemps over the seating arrangements for the upcoming wedding>

Origin of CONTRETEMPS

French, from contre- counter- + temps time, from Latin tempus
First Known Use: 1769

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