imbroglio

[im-brohl-yoh]
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:
1740–50; < Italian, derivative of imbrogliare to embroil

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imbroglio (ɪmˈbrəʊlɪˌəʊ)
 
n , pl -glios
1.  a confused or perplexing political or interpersonal situation
2.  obsolete a confused heap; jumble
 
[C18: from Italian, from imbrogliare to confuse, embroil]

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imbroglio
1750, from It. imbroglio, from imbrogliare "confuse, tangle," from in- "in" + brogliare "embroil," probably from M.Fr. brouiller "confuse" (see broil (2)).
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Example sentences
The autumn has been spent under the threat of a government shutdown over the state budget imbroglio.
The aftermath of this imbroglio should be interesting to note.
The latest imbroglio seems to have ended a bit more sedately, though.
There was, for example, the imbroglio involving a student who complained about an odor emanating from her roommate's closet.
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