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imbroglio

[ im-brohl-yoh ]
/ ɪmˈbroʊl yoʊ /
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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.
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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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