contra-, 相对，相反。-temp, 时间，词源同temporary. 即时间不对的，时运不济的。
- contretemps (n.)
- 1680s, "a blunder in fencing," from French contre-temps "motion out of time, unfortunate accident, bad times;" from Latin contra + tempus (see temporal). As a ballet term, from 1706; as "an unfortunate accident," 1802; as "a dispute," from 1961.
- 1. He was briefly arrested in Rome after a contretemps with Italian police.
- 2. He tried to smooth over his contretemps with the policeman.
[ contretemps 造句 ]