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 for contretemps
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Contretemps \Con`tre*temps"\, n. [F., fr. contre (L. conta) +
     temps time, fr. L. tempus.]
     An unexpected and untoward accident; something inopportune or
     embarrassing; a hitch.
     [1913 Webster]
           In this unhappy contretemps.             --De Quincey.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: an awkward clash; "he tried to smooth over his contretemps
           with the policeman"

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