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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 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.
Some agencies and marketers had been using OpenSlate and other measurement companies on an ad hoc basis prior to the brand safety imbroglio to get some information, such as audience demographics, about different YouTube channels.
The two most prominent characters from the Martinsville imbroglio are Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott.
The Mendez family hadn’t paid much attention to the renaming imbroglio.
This latest imbroglio turned into a diplomatic pickle for South Africa’s government, which has long enjoyed close relations with neighboring Zimbabwe, after both spent decades battling white-minority rule.
But such a move may only put off an imbroglio for a few weeks.
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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.
Synonymsaltercation, argle-bargle [chiefly British], argy-bargy [chiefly British], battle royal, bicker, brawl, contretemps, controversy, cross fire, disagreement, dispute, donnybrook, falling-out, fight, hassle, argument, kickup, misunderstanding, quarrel, rhubarb, row, scrap, set-to, spat, squabble, tiff, wrangle
Related Wordsclash, run-in, skirmish, tangle, tussle; logomachy; feud, vendetta; attack, contention, dissension (also dissention); debate, difference, disputation; fuss, objection, protest, protestation; affray [chiefly British], fisticuffs, fracas, fray, free-for-all, melee (also mêlée); catfight
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