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
Origin and Etymology of contretemps
French, from contre- counter- + temps time, from Latin tempus
First Known Use: 1769
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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