noun (plural same)
An embarrassing or tactless act or remark in a social situation: ‘I was suddenly sick in the back of their car’—it was years before he could confess his faux pas to them
More 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.
French, literally 'false step'.
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