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Examples of imbroglio in a Sentence
a celebrated imbroglio involving some big names in the New York literary scene
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There's no way out of that imbroglio without causing significant political reverberations that would last for years.
This whole imbroglio stands out because of the favors that appear to have been exchanged here between Pruitt and someone with ties to the industry his agency regulates.
Firearms were not a consideration in the previous government funding imbroglios.
In a normally functioning White House, the buck of that whole imbroglio should’ve stopped with McGahn.
Some Defense officials fear that the Pentagon report, when it is released, could reignite last year’s imbroglio.
According the New York Post, the place allegedly dissolved into an imbroglio of bed bugs, rodents, and broken appliances.
Broadly speaking, the regional imbroglio pits two camps of Muslims.
At the center of the imbroglio was the former teammate duo of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.
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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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IMBROGLIO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of imbroglio for English Language Learners
: a complex dispute or argument
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