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Meaning of CONTRETEMPS

Pronunciation:  'kântru`tâng

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  an awkward clash; "he tried to smooth over his contretemps with the policeman"
 

CONTRETEMPS is a 11 letter word that starts with C.

 

 See Also: brush, clash, encounter, skirmish

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Con`tre*temps"\, n. [F., fr. contre (L. conta) +
temps time, fr. L. tempus.]
An unexpected and untoward accident; something inopportune or
embarrassing; a hitch.

      In this unhappy contretemps.             --De Quincey.

 

 

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