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Saturday, April 25, 2009

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
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."