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 ?
This little domestic contretemps -is then, I presume, disagreeable to you
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.
He said: "There was a bit of a contretemps between myself and Nigel, which usually happens between players really and the manager separates them.
Mr Johnson was being interviewed for the channel's Murnaghan programme when the contretemps occurred.
Observers categorize them into scandals involving illicit love or lust, financial contretemps, sex videos, suspensions or expulsions from shows, skeletons rattling in the gender closet, unplanned pregnancies, sibling rivalry or manipulative momagers and dead-ending careers.
The JTA report on the contretemps noted that Finkielkraut is "a declared Zionist" and a supporter of the liberal Zionist group JCall.
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Apres de longues tractations et autant de contretemps, le gouvernement a tranche la question de l'importation des voitures en accordant aux concessionnaires un quota global de 55 mille voitures, reparti entre les differentes marques, apprend le quotidien Attounsia.
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.