1 an intricate and confusing interpersonal or political situation [syn: embroilment]
2 a very embarrassing misunderstanding
EtymologyItalian imbroglio "tangle", from imbrogliare "to tangle", cognate with and probably from an earlier form of French embrouiller "muddle, embroil", from em- "en-" + brouiller.
- Hyphenation: im·bro·glio
- Rhymes: -əʊljəʊ
Nounimbroglio (plural: imbroglios)
- a complicated situation; an entanglement
- The Italian plural imbrogli does not appear to be used in English.
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