Definition of faux pas in English:

faux pas

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Pronunciation: /fəʊ ˈpɑː
 
, fo pa/

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
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    gaffe, blunder, mistake; indiscretion, impropriety, breach/lapse of etiquette, solecism, gaucherie, peccadillo
    informal boob, boo-boo, slip-up, clanger, howler, boner
    North American informal blooper
    British informal , • dated bloomer

Origin

French, literally 'false step'.

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