faux pas

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n faux pas a socially awkward or tactless act
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • faux pas fō` pȧ" A false step; a mistake or wrong measure;
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. See False, and Pas

Usage

In literature:

I don't know why I make faux pas.
"This Side of Paradise" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
By the merest accident I have already committed a hideous faux pas.
"Peter Ruff and the Double Four" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Un faux pas, at the start?
"The Silent Bullet" by Arthur B. Reeve
He had made a frightful faux pas!
"Trent's Trust and Other Stories" by Bret Harte
She must have made a faux pas.
"Missy" by Dana Gatlin
The truth is, I executed rather a faux pas over there at Asquith.
"The Celebrity, Complete" by Winston Churchill
I was sent out from Cabul by him as private messenger just before that cruel massacre, a faux pas, which I vainly predicted.
"A Fascinating Traitor" by Richard Henry Savage
A sledging cook will often make a disagreeable faux pas by extinguishing the primus in the preparation of hoosh.
"The Home of the Blizzard" by Douglas Mawson
As if I were the only member of the Unholy Six with a capacity to make faux pas!
"Class of '29" by Orrie Lashin and Milo Hastings
Death was a faux pas.
"Gargoyles" by Ben Hecht
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In news:

Take a look back at some of the most notable faux pas .
An Occupy Sandy photo faux pas .
Autumn Elegance faux pas .
Victoria's Secret apologizes for headdress faux pas .
Designer helps 'his ladies' avoid fashion faux pas .
Fortune's faux pas on 'Most Powerful' ranking.
The NFL's 300-pounders and their fashion faux pas .
Olympic fashion faux pas .
Team USA's fashion faux pas , Jamaica's Olympic uniforms win gold.
Miranda Lambert Sympathetic to Eric Church's Rolling Stone Interview Faux Pas .
Twitter both a gold mine for teen insights and a land mine of potential faux pas .
Hair Faux Pas too Commonly Committed.
A political T-shirt faux pas .
Foursquare ' Faux Pas ' to Avoid.
Oscar Fashion Faux Pas of the Past.
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In science:

Five methodology errors in educational research: the pantheon of statistical significance and other faux pas.
Lessons From the Physics-Education Reform Effort
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