Imbroglio definition

ĭm-brōlyō
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An involved and confusing situation; state of confusion and complication.
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A difficult or intricate situation; an entanglement.
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The definition of an imbroglio is an embarrassing and often complex mess or misunderstanding.

When your wife and mistress show up at the same time for a dinner date, this is an example of an imbroglio.

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(archaic) A confused heap; a tangle.
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A confused or complicated disagreement.
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(rare) A confused heap.
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A confused misunderstanding or disagreement.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of imbroglio - embroglio

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
imbroglio
Plural:
imbroglios

Origin of imbroglio

  • Italian from Old Italian from imbrogliare to tangle, confuse in- in (from Latin in–2) brogliare to mix, stir (probably from Old French brooiller, brouiller broil2)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Italian imbroglio (“tangle”), from imbrogliare (“to tangle”), cognate with and probably from an earlier form of French embrouiller (“muddle, embroil”), from em- (“en-”) + brouiller.

    From Wiktionary