Definition: an incident that is humiliating or untimely
Part of Speech: Noun
Synonym(s): mishap, misfortune
Antonym(s): good fortune, success
1. A nonfunctioning car was the contretemps that totally ruined my plans for a road trip.
2. To June, the ripping of her dress was a contretemps that threatened to wreck her prom night.
3. When the media replayed the actor's stumble over and over again, they turned the accident into an unforgettable contretemps.