imbroglio

[ im-brohl-yoh ]
/ ɪmˈbroʊl yoʊ /

noun, plural im·bro·glios.

a misunderstanding, disagreement, etc., of a complicated or bitter nature, as between persons or nations.
an intricate and perplexing state of affairs; a complicated or difficult situation.
a confused heap.
Also embroglio.

Origin of imbroglio

1740–50; < Italian, derivative of imbrogliare to embroil
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British Dictionary definitions for imbroglio

imbroglio

/ (ɪmˈbrəʊlɪˌəʊ) /

noun plural -glios

a confused or perplexing political or interpersonal situation
obsolete a confused heap; jumble

Word Origin for imbroglio

C18: from Italian, from imbrogliare to confuse, embroil
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Word Origin and History for imbroglio

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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