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Friday, February 11, 2011

Definitions for imbroglio

  1. A complicated and embarrassing state of things.
  2. A confused or complicated disagreement or misunderstanding.
  3. An intricate, complicated plot, as of a drama or work of fiction.

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Citations for imbroglio
The political imbroglio also appears to endanger the latest International Monetary Fund loan package for Russia, which is considered critical to avoid a default this year on the country's $17 billion in foreign debt. David Hoffman, Washington Post
Worse still, hearings and investigations into scandals -- from the imbroglio over Clarence Thomas's Supreme Court nomination in 1991 to the charges of perjury against President Clinton in 1998 -- have overshadowed any consideration of the country's future. John B. Judis, The Paradox of American Democracy
Origin of imbroglio
1740-1750
Imbroglio derives from Italian, from Old Italian imbrogliare, "to tangle, to confuse," from in-, "in" + brogliare, "to mix, to stir." It is related to embroil, "to entangle in conflict or argument."
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