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contretemps


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Contretemps  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  contretemps 
  n  :  an  awkward  clash;  "he  tried  to  smooth  over  his  contretemps 
  with  the  policeman" 




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