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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
The imbroglio involving Marcy’s secret lover is not the only weird stuff going on at Boca Pelicano Palms.
The Boston Latin imbroglio quickly became a multifaceted nightmare.
And Ronald Reagan’s library makes no mention of trading arms for hostages in the Iran-contra imbroglio.
Sara Netanyahu is not the first Israeli prime minister’s wife to face a legal imbroglio.
But the disquieting beauty of Mr. Driessen’s rivers is in their indifference to human imbroglios.
What sets Barr’s imbroglio apart from others is her character’s support of President Trump, which helped make the show a hit with conservative viewers.
And indeed, Xerox ultimately cited the accounting imbroglio as the basis for nixing the deal.
This is the same case at the middle of an email imbroglio involving Councilman Jeff Herdman, who looped in Peyton's attorney, Phil Greer, on messages with Harp about the suit.
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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.
altercation, argument, battle royal, bicker, brawl, controversy, cross fire, disagreement, dispute, donnybrook, falling-out, fight, hassle, misunderstanding, quarrel, rhubarb, row, scrap, spat, squabble, tiff, wrangle;
IMBROGLIO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of imbroglio for English Language Learners
: a complex dispute or argument
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