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
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.
But behind the 21st century contretemps is a history that predates the musket.
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.
And the recent Trump-Turnbull contretemps hasn’t done the American-Australian relationship any favors.
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
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
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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