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contretemps

con·tre·temps

contretemps

 
pronunciation:
kon tr tan
features:
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part of speech: noun
inflections: contretemps
definition: an embarrassing or unfortunate happening; mishap; mischance.
A silly contretemps at the party nearly destroyed their friendship.
similar words:
mischance
Word Parts
The word contretemps contains the following part:
temp1, tempor Latin root that means time
synonyms:
chron, chrono