Contretemps meaning

kŏn'trə-täɴ', kôɴ'trə-täɴ'
An unforeseen event that disrupts the normal course of things; an inopportune occurrence.
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An argument or dispute.
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An inopportune happening causing confusion or embarrassment; awkward mishap.
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A brief or minor argument or quarrel.
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An unforeseen, inopportune, or embarrassing event; a hitch.
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(fencing) An ill-timed pass.
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Contretemps are defined as unfortunate or embarrassing occurrences.

An example of a contretemp is being caught in a cheating scandal.

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Origin of contretemps

  • French contre- against (from Latin contrā- contra–) temps time (from Latin tempus)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Wiktionary