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n. pl. im·bro·glios
a. A difficult or intricate situation; an entanglement.
b. A confused or complicated disagreement.
2. Archaic A confused heap; a tangle.

[Italian, from Old Italian, from imbrogliare, to tangle, confuse : in-, in (from Latin; see in-2) + brogliare, to mix, stir (probably from Old French brooiller, brouiller; see broil2).]
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n, pl -glios
1. a confused or perplexing political or interpersonal situation
2. obsolete a confused heap; jumble
[C18: from Italian, from imbrogliare to confuse, embroil]
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(ɪmˈbroʊl yoʊ)

also embroglio

n., pl. -glios.
1. a misunderstanding or disagreement of a complicated nature.
2. an intricate and perplexing state of affairs.
3. a confused heap.
[1740–50; < Italian, derivative of imbrogliare to embroil]
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 a confused heap of things, 1750.
Examples: imbroglio of torn boughs, 1850.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.imbroglio - an intricate and confusing interpersonal or political situation
situation - a complex or critical or unusual difficulty; "the dangerous situation developed suddenly"; "that's quite a situation"; "no human situation is simple"
2.imbroglio - a very embarrassing misunderstanding
misinterpretation, mistaking, misunderstanding - putting the wrong interpretation on; "his misinterpretation of the question caused his error"; "there was no mistaking her meaning"
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noun complication, involvement, complexity, embarrassment, misunderstanding, quandary, entanglement What investor would willingly become involved in this imbroglio?
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[ɪmˈbrəʊlɪəʊ] Nembrollo m, enredo m
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n (liter)verwickelte Lage, Verwirrung f
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References in classic literature ?
Hence, as the intelligent reader can foresee, this groom has a part to play in the imbroglio.
"What in the world, now, is the meaning of this imbroglio?" the musketeer kept saying to himself.
And then there's a general imbroglio, everyone standing up and the kid hollering and the dog barking.
CANADA -- There is tragic history behind the Kashmir imbroglio. The Britishers gave Kashmir to a Dogra general of Maharaja Ranjit Singh for Rs7.5 million, and in the process sold Kashmiris at the rate of Rs2 per Kashmiri.
This dispute is alive despite UN Security Council's Kashmir solution resolutions of 1948 and 1949 accepted and signed both by Pakistan and India as parties to this imbroglio. Replying a question he asserted that it was United States that got resolved the 400-year.
But perhaps the one that has grabbed the most attention is the US leader's offer to mediate between Pakistan and India to resolve the Kashmir imbroglio.
Squatters and artisans occupying a large parcel of land on the Kumodji/Flair road at cantonments, a suburb of Accra are appealing to the government to intervene in an imbroglio between them and the alleged owners of the land.
The former puppet chief minister of IOK reiterated that talks with all the stakeholders with an avowed objective of addressing to internal and external dimensions of the Jammu and Kashmir imbroglio, which he termed as political in character, would be a major initiative towards lasting peace in the region, the report said.
The foreign minister said that a lot of things have improved concerning the Afghan imbroglio and Pakistan wanted to see intra-Afghan negotiations to end the decades-old conflict.
The foreign minister said he had toured the war-ravaged country four times since the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government came to power last year in August, which shows the incumbent government's seriousness to find a solution to the Afghan imbroglio.
Pakistan shot down two Indian jets in retaliation to their violation of the country's international border, triggering air travel imbroglio across the region.
He said the recent talks between US officials and the Taliban seconded Pakistan's standpoint on the Afghan imbroglio.