contretemps

Part of speech: noun

An awkward incident.

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Usage examples "contretemps":

  1. There had been a little contretemps or misadventure. - "An Old Man's Love", Anthony Trollope.
  2. That what had happened had been no mere contretemps, no mere accident of trains and coaches, was plain enough from Kitty's eyes- from all that William did not say, no less than from what he said. - "The Marriage of William Ashe", Mrs. Humphry Ward.
  3. Amy, grinning delightedly, reached far across the board where he sat and, pointing at Clint with a baked potato impaled on a fork, announced loudly: " A contretemps, Mr. Thayer, a veritable contretemps!" - "Left Tackle Thayer", Ralph Henry Barbour.