Definition of imbroglio
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Examples of imbroglio in a Sentence
a celebrated imbroglio involving some big names in the New York literary scene
Recent Examples of imbroglio from the Web
Qatar is caught in a diplomatic imbroglio with neighboring Persian Gulf countries and Egypt severing all relations with the tiny country, accusing it of supporting extremists.
Questions being raised in recent weeks about Kushner's alleged involvement in setting up a secret diplomatic back channel with the Russians meanwhile have dragged him into the imbroglio consuming the entire administration.
The Montana House special election was upended on the eve of Thursday’s balloting when the Republican candidate was charged with assault, and the Democrats are making a last-day push to capitalize on the imbroglio and get voters to the polls.
And while the imbroglio has yet to reach a Watergate-like roar, talk of impeachment has reached a steady murmur.
Even if a mediocre hall had resulted, the avoidance of the usual cultural-political imbroglio would have been newsworthy.
The actual details of Weiner's latest imbroglio are worse than his previous misadventures, though.
But at a meeting last week, the board decided first to send letters asking the status of several other agencies' pending or potential investigations into the tech-school imbroglio.
Now, in a moment reminiscent of Trump’s Access Hollywood hot-mic imbroglio, people have begun to seriously entertain the possibility of impeachment.
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Did You Know?
Imbroglio and "embroilment" are more than just synonyms; they're also linked through etymology. Both descend from the Middle French verb embrouiller (same meaning as "embroil"), from the prefix em-, meaning "thoroughly," plus brouiller, meaning "to mix" or "to confuse." ("Brouiller" is itself a descendant of an Old French word for broth.) Early in the 17th century, English speakers began using "embroil," a direct adaptation of "embrouiller." Our noun "embroilment," which also entered the language in the early 17th century, comes from the same source. Meanwhile, the Italians were using their own alteration of "embrouiller" : imbrogliare, meaning "to entangle." In the mid-18th century, English speakers embraced the Italian noun imbroglio as well.
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: a complex dispute or argument
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