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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).]
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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]
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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]
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A French word meaning against time, used to mean an embarrassing incident or a minor disagreement.
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|Noun||1.||contretemps - an awkward clash; "he tried to smooth over his contretemps with the policeman"|
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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.
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contretemps[ˈkɒntrəˌtɔŋ] n → contrattempo
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