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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
1670-1680
1670-80; < French: literally, false step
Synonyms
error; impropriety.
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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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