contretemps

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noun con·tre·temps \ˈkän-trə-ˌtäⁿ, kōⁿ-trə-täⁿ\

Definition of contretemps

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contretemps

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  1. 1 :  an inopportune or embarrassing occurrence or situation

  2. 2 :  dispute, argument

Examples of contretemps in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of contretemps

French, from contre- counter- + temps time, from Latin tempus


First Known Use: 1769


CONTRETEMPS Defined for English Language Learners

contretemps

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noun con·tre·temps \ˈkän-trə-ˌtäⁿ, kōⁿ-trə-täⁿ\

Definition of contretemps for English Language Learners

  • : an unfortunate or embarrassing event, argument, or disagreement


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