Contretemps (noun)

A minor disagreement or misunderstanding, typically causing a temporary interruption in progress or harmony.


Late 17th century: from french contretemps, literally "against time" (i.e. unexpected or inappropriate timing), from contre "against" + temps "time".


  1. The meeting was going smoothly until a contretemps arose over the budget.
  2. The couple had a contretemps over where to go for dinner.
  3. The event was marred by a contretemps between the organizer and the keynote speaker.
  4. The contretemps caused a delay in the project.
  5. The contretemps was quickly resolved and the meeting resumed.
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