Definition of faux pas in English:

faux pas

Syllabification: faux pas
Pronunciation: /fō ˈpä, ˈfō ˌpä

noun (plural same)

  • An embarrassing or tactless act or remark in a social situation.
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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.
    mistake, blunder, gaffe, indiscretion, impropriety, solecism, barbarism
    informal boo-boo, blooper


late 17th century: French, literally 'false step'.

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