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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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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.
During the debt ceiling imbroglio in the summer of 2011, when the S&P 500 fell 16% in just two weeks, the dollar gained ground against other currencies, and Treasury prices rose.
Fox News had responded to the crisis with an alacrity that suggested the gravity of the situation: O’Reilly was not allowed to bid farewell to his audience; the outside law firm that investigated the Ailes imbroglio, Paul, Weiss, was again enlisted.
This painting was famous, in its way; a campaign imbroglio had arisen around the misappropriated funds used to commission it.
The ongoing legal imbroglio stems from a 2008 case in which a teenaged Meek, who was born Robert Williams, was arrested in North Philadelphia on gun and drug possession charges.
Consider Sessions’ latest sanctuary cities imbroglio.
In the Texas imbroglio, his plan is to create a new habitat.
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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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