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
But back to the officials and how Brady rescued the league from another Patriots-versus-the-N.F.L. contretemps.
The pope added it on the spokesman’s advice, likely avoiding a public relations contretemps of the kind that repeatedly marked the new pontificate after Dr. Navarro-Valls’ departure.
Washington Post media writer Erik Wemple published an exhaustive account of the contretemps on his blog, and various womens’ sites weighed in as well.
More troublesome still is the danger to world stability reflected in the embarrassing contretemps-triangle involving Secretary of State Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Mattis and Trump.
Waiters cast Wednesday's contretemps as isolated incidents, rather than a flare up.
The longer the contretemps lasts, the worse the GOP will look to voters at a time when the nation is beginning to turn its attention to the 2018 election.
White House officials tried to play down the contretemps, saying Mr. Trump was referring to the longstanding efforts of British law enforcement authorities to investigate would-be terrorists, not to anyone involved in Friday’s attack.
Police at the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., airport had to handle hundreds of unruly or just plain enraged passengers after Spirit canceled flights amid the pilot contretemps.
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Origin and Etymology of contretemps
First Known Use: 1769See Words from the same year
Synonymsaltercation, argle-bargle [chiefly British], argy-bargy [chiefly British], battle royal, bicker, brawl, argument, controversy, cross fire, disagreement, dispute, donnybrook, falling-out, fight, hassle, imbroglio, kickup, misunderstanding, quarrel, rhubarb, row, scrap, set-to, spat, squabble, tiff, wrangle
Related Wordsclash, run-in, skirmish, tangle, tussle; logomachy; feud, vendetta; attack, contention, dissension (also dissention); debate, difference, disputation; fuss, objection, protest, protestation; affray [chiefly British], fisticuffs, fracas, fray, free-for-all, melee (also mêlée); catfight
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