contretemps

[ kon-truh-tahn; French kawntruh-tahn ]SEE DEFINITION OF contretemps

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He determined to take no notice of the contretemps, but return boldly to the attack.

Not only was there no contretemps, but all went off well and pleasantly.

It was an aggravation of annoyance to have her as a witness of these contretemps.

A contretemps less likely to occur at the Choctaw Chief, and there stayed they.

I will write all the pleasant things, but for the jokes—the contretemps, no!

There are no contretemps, no unhappy moments, no jealousies, no heart-burnings.

Annie, after her contretemps with the grocer, passed a miserable day.

I'm sure you will never be friends with me after this contretemps.

I shall coach the servants carefully, so there will be no contretemps.

On the following day we returned to Emilio's shop to apologize for the contretemps.

WORD ORIGIN

1680s, "a blunder in fencing," from French contre-temps "motion out of time, unfortunate accident, bad times;" from Latin contra + tempus (see temporal). As a ballet term, from 1706; as "an unfortunate accident," 1802; as "a dispute," from 1961.

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