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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Definitions for contretemps

  1. An inopportune or embarrassing situation or event; a hitch.

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Citations for contretemps
Mrs. Post was the center of a notable contretemps when she spilled a spoonful of berries at a dinner of the Gourmet Society here in 1938. , New York Times
He looked worried, distressed, more distressed than one should look in the face of a slight contretemps. Anita Brookner, Undue Influence
Origin of contretemps
Contretemps comes from French, from contre, "against" (from Latin contra) + temps, "time" (from Latin tempus).