Definition of faux pas in English:

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faux pas

Pronunciation: /ˌfō ˈpä/

noun (plural same)

An embarrassing or tactless act or remark in a social situation.
Example sentences
  • 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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