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imbroglio

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noun im·bro·glio \im-ˈbrōl-(ˌ)yō\

Simple Definition of imbroglio

  • : a complex dispute or argument

Full Definition of imbroglio

plural im·bro·glios

  1. 1 :  a confused mass

  2. 2 a :  an intricate or complicated situation (as in a drama or novel) b :  an acutely painful or embarrassing misunderstanding c :  a violently confused or bitterly complicated altercation :  embroilment d :  scandal 3a <survived the political imbroglio>

Examples of imbroglio

  1. <a celebrated imbroglio involving some big names in the New York literary scene>



Origin of imbroglio

Italian, from imbrogliare to entangle, from Middle French embrouiller — more at embroil


First Known Use: 1750


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