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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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error; impropriety.
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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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