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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
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.
The imbroglio was the result of a series of missteps by Brazilian policy makers, from a cumbersome arrangement for export loan guarantees to a gross underestimation of the credit risk.
The imbroglio has ignited a roiling debate at MassArt over sexuality in the classroom.
The national news always discussed Midwestern blizzards and D.C. political imbroglios.
The protest and faculty vote came amid a financial aid scandal at Howard, though students involved in the demonstration have said their concerns transcend that imbroglio.
With a touch of irony, that affair has direct ties to our current imbroglio, through none other than James Comey.
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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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