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faux pas

[foh pah] /foʊ ˈpɑ/
noun, plural faux pas
[foh pahz; French foh pah] /foʊ ˈpɑz; French foʊ ˈpɑ/ (Show IPA)
1.
a slip or blunder in etiquette, manners, or conduct; an embarrassing social blunder or indiscretion.
Origin of faux pas
1670-1680
1670-80; < French: literally, false step
Synonyms
error; impropriety.
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  • The truth is, I executed rather a faux pas over there at Asquith.

    The Celebrity, Complete Winston Churchill
  • And had I committed a faux pas in refusing to deliver up the little bag?

    Against Odds Lawrence L. Lynch
  • A stirring modern drama in which the evil effects of a faux pas on the part of the heroine lead to dramatic developments.

  • Your Grace saved me a faux pas there, for Montaiglon is not what I fancied at all.

    Doom Castle Neil Munro
  • They made one faux pas, and it is upon that we may—if we are careful—get the better of them.

    Mademoiselle of Monte Carlo William Le Queux
British Dictionary definitions for faux pas

faux pas

/ˌfəʊ ˈpɑː; French fo pɑ/
noun (pl) faux pas (ˌfəʊ ˈpɑːz; French) (fo pɑ)
1.
a social blunder or indiscretion
Word Origin
C17: from French: false step
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Word Origin and History for faux pas
n.

1670s, French, literally "false step."

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