Examples of contretemps in a Sentence
The senator dismissed his disagreement with the President as a minor contretemps.
there was a bit of a contretemps over the seating arrangements for the upcoming wedding
Recent Examples of contretemps from the Web
The latest contretemps came when Mr. Trump heaped scorn on Mayor Sadiq Khan of London.
For many years, geopolitical contretemps have kept most North Americans (except Canadians) from seeing the city for themselves.
After decades of hype, a new generation of writers has finally taken a closer look at the alleged coin contretemps.
But the contretemps over the burkini, like that over the burqa (actually the niqab) and the hijab, or head scarf, before it, is emblematic of a deeper discomfort with religion throughout the Western world.
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Origin and Etymology of contretemps
French, from contre- counter- + temps time, from Latin tempus
First Known Use: 1769See Words from the same year
CONTRETEMPS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of contretemps for English Language Learners
: an unfortunate or embarrassing event, argument, or disagreement
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