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faux pas

[foh pah]
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noun, plural faux pas [foh pahz; French foh pah] /foʊ ˈpɑz; French foʊ ˈpɑ/.
  1. a slip or blunder in etiquette, manners, or conduct; an embarrassing social blunder or indiscretion.
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Origin of faux pas

1670–80; < French: literally, false step


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Related Words

blooper, blunder, botch, breach, break, bungle, error, flop, flub, gaffe, goof, hash, impropriety, indiscretion, mess, misconduct, misstep, mistake, offense, oversight

British Dictionary definitions for faux pas

faux pas

noun plural faux pas (ˌfəʊ ˈpɑːz, French fo pɑ)
  1. a social blunder or indiscretion
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Word Origin

C17: from French: false step
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Word Origin and History for faux pas


1670s, French, literally "false step."

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