noun (plural same)
An embarrassing or tactless act or remark in a social situation.
- Every social faux pas, every cruel word, every embarrassment returns with fresh power to demoralise.
- Well you wouldn't want to read that book, obviously, but it's the sort of thing you need to know about in order to avoid making embarrassing faux pas.
- For example, they might be less likely to recognize that a social faux pas or insult could cause someone else offence.
mistake, blunder, gaffe, indiscretion, impropriety, solecism, barbarism
informal boo-boo, blooper
Late 17th century: French, literally 'false step'.
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Syllabification: faux pas
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