contretemps


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con·tre·temps

 (kŏn′trə-täN′, kôN′trə-täN′)
n. pl. contretemps (-täNz′, -täNz′)
1. An unforeseen event that disrupts the normal course of things; an inopportune occurrence.
2. An argument or dispute: "another France-versus-England contretemps" (Rob Hughes).

[French : contre-, against (from Latin contrā-; see contra-) + temps, time (from Latin tempus).]

contretemps

(ˈkɒntrəˌtɑːn; French kɔ̃trətɑ̃)
n, pl -temps
1. an awkward or difficult situation or mishap
2. (Fencing) fencing a feint made with the purpose of producing a counterthrust from one's opponent
3. a small disagreement that is rather embarrassing
[C17: from French, from contre against + temps time, from Latin tempus]

con•tre•temps

(ˈkɒn trəˌtɑ̃; Fr. kɔ̃trəˈtɑ̃)

n., pl. -temps (-ˌtɑ̃z; Fr. -ˈtɑ̃)
an inopportune occurrence; an embarrassing mischance.
[1675–85; < French, =contre- counter- + temps time (< Latin tempus); perhaps alter. (by folk etym.) of Middle French contrestant, present participle of contrester to oppose]

contretemps

A French word meaning against time, used to mean an embarrassing incident or a minor disagreement.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.contretemps - an awkward clash; "he tried to smooth over his contretemps with the policeman"
encounter, skirmish, clash, brush - a minor short-term fight
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one

contretemps

noun
1. argument, disagreement, quarrel, row, clash, dispute, controversy, falling out (informal), barney (informal), squabble, wrangle, bickering, difference of opinion, fight, altercation There had been a slight contretemps over who was to drive the car.
2. mishap, mistake, difficulty, accident, misfortune, uphill (S. African), predicament, calamity His cross-country tour had its full share of comic contretemps.

contretemps

noun
An unexpected and usually undesirable event:
Translations
motighet

contretemps

[ˈkɒntrətɒm] N (contretemps (pl)) → contratiempo m, revés m

contretemps

n no plZwischenfall m; (= unexpected hitch also)kleines Missgeschick

contretemps

[ˈkɒntrəˌtɔŋ] ncontrattempo
References in classic literature ?
I cannot pretend to recount all that he told me, but I gleaned from what he said that he was the genius who presided over the contretemps of mankind, and whose business it was to bring about the odd accidents which are continually astonishing the skeptic.
The son, who took every little contretemps as if it were a tragedy, was listening also.
She had meant to take a stroll herself before breakfast, but saw that the day was still sacred to men, and amused herself by watching their contretemps.
Tufto had come over to Paris at her own invitation, and besides this contretemps, there were a score of generals now round Becky's chair, and she might take her choice of a dozen bouquets when she went to the play.
This little domestic contretemps -is then, I presume, disagreeable to you
Ainsi, pour Paris, Londres, Francfort, Montreal, Marseille- l'ecran des departs ne mentionnait pas de contretemps.
A cet egard, on relevera les contretemps des travaux relatifs a la plantation de petits ponts, suite aux desastreuses inondations qui ont frappe, il y a quelques temps, toute la contree encore endeuillee par ce cataclysme.
But as the contretemps over the terror list shows, a common history of distrust and antagonism has left the path strewn with obstacles.
Just as he is making a point in his contretemps with Rodgers, just as he is making a point in selecting Theo Walcott so soon after his recovery, just as he is making a point in dropping Glen Johnson.
causing a bit of contretemps," Fallon said during the show, sitting behind his desk at NBC's Rockefeller Center in New York City.
Well this particular contretemps cost the council taxpayer more than PS9,000 - meaning legal fees so far stand at over PS27,000.
ENGLAND are on the verge of a first Test win for almost a year, but at close of play on his birthday James Anderson still seemed unable to resist a party-piece contretemps with the opposition.