faux pas

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Borrowing from French faux pas, of the same meaning; composed of faux, “false, wrong”, and pas, “step”.

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faux pas (plural faux pas)

  1. An embarrassing or tactless blunder (especially used in social situations and contexts); a misstep.
    • 1906, Chesterton, Charles Dickens, chapter 2
      A saint after repentance will forgive himself for a sin; a man about town will never forgive himself for a faux pas.

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faux pas m (plural faux pas)

  1. stumble, misstep, false step
  2. (figuratively) faux pas, blunder

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