During a fictional conversion between the ghost of General George Washington and Thomas Fleming (the former President of the Society of American Historians), the historian asks the following, regarding General Mifflin (quartermaster) colluding with members of Congress to bring about Washington’s resignation:

How did you resolve that contretemps?

[emphasis added; Source: T. Fleming, “Channeling George Washington:  Illusions of Victory,” History News Network, 3/2/2010]

Definition from Dictionary.com:  n. an inopportune occurrence; an embarrassing mischance.

This post is part of a series, in which I look up words from my reading.  These entries include foreign phrases, archaic and technical terms, and words for which my understanding is too approximate for my liking.

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