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imbroglio

[im-brohl-yoh] /ɪmˈbroʊl yoʊ/
noun, plural imbroglios.
1.
a misunderstanding, disagreement, etc., of a complicated or bitter nature, as between persons or nations.
2.
an intricate and perplexing state of affairs; a complicated or difficult situation.
3.
a confused heap.
Also, embroglio.
Origin of imbroglio
1740-1750
1740-50; < Italian, derivative of imbrogliare to embroil
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imbroglio

/ɪmˈbrəʊlɪˌəʊ/
noun (pl) -glios
1.
a confused or perplexing political or interpersonal situation
2.
(obsolete) a confused heap; jumble
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, from imbrogliare to confuse, embroil
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Word Origin and History for imbroglio
n.

1750, from Italian imbroglio, from imbrogliare "confuse, tangle," from assimilated form of in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + brogliare "embroil," probably from Middle French brouiller "confuse" (see broil (2); also cf. embroil).

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