faux pas

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unadapted borrowing from French faux pas (faux pas, blunder; misstep, false step).

Pronunciation[edit]

Singular

Plural

Noun[edit]

faux pas (plural faux pas)

  1. An embarrassing or tactless blunder.
    Synonyms: misstep, mistake, blunder; see also Thesaurus:error
    • 1777, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The School for Scandal, IV.iii:
      Now my dear Lady Teazle if you but once make a trifling Faux Pas you can't conceive how cautious you would grow, and how ready to humour and agree with your Husband.
    • 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.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Especially used in social situations and contexts.

Translations[edit]


French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /fo pa/, /fo pɑ/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

faux pas m (plural faux pas)

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

Descendants[edit]

  • Danish: faux pas
  • English: faux pas
  • German: Fauxpas
  • Polish: faux pas
  • Russian: фо па́ (fo pá)

Polish[edit]

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 faux pas on Polish Wikipedia

Etymology[edit]

Unadapted borrowing from French faux pas.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

faux pas n (indeclinable)

  1. faux pas, blunder
    Synonyms: gafa, nietakt, wtopa, wpadka

Further reading[edit]

  • faux pas in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • faux pas in Polish dictionaries at PWN