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Word of the Day 7/4/14 Contretemps

Contretemps (noun)
con·tre·temps [kon-truh-tahn; French kawntruh-tahn]


noun, plural con·tre·temps [kon-truh-tahnz; French kawntruh-tahn]
an inopportune occurrence; an embarrassing mischance: He caused a minor contretemps by knocking over his drink.

Origin: 1675–85; < French, equivalent to contre- counter- + temps time (< Latin tempus ); perhaps alteration (by folk etymology) of Middle French contrestant, present participle of contrester to oppose; see contrast

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