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imbroglio Syllabification: im·bro·glio
Pronunciation: /imˈbrōlyō/

Definition of imbroglio in English:

noun (plural imbroglios)

1An extremely confused, complicated, or embarrassing situation: the Watergate imbroglio
More example sentences
  • Nor do I think that most Canadians understand or perhaps even care about the complexities of the constitutional imbroglio that has unfolded since the opposition began defeating the government in the Commons last Wednesday.
  • That's my prediction for the whole imbroglio waiting to unfold.
  • The imbroglio was motivated by the pan-green camp's embarrassing defeat in the showdown, as the pan-blue alliance used its numerical advantage to change the order of nine bills on the agenda.
complicated situation, complication, problem, difficulty, predicament, trouble, confusion, quandary, entanglement, muddle, mess, quagmire, morass, sticky situation
informal bind, jam, pickle, fix, corner, hole, scrape
1.1 archaic A confused heap.


Mid 18th century: Italian, from imbrogliare 'confuse'; related to embroil.

Words that rhyme with imbroglio

folio, olio, polio, portfolio

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