noun, plural im·bro·glios.

  1. a misunderstanding, disagreement, etc., of a complicated or bitter nature, as between persons or nations.
  2. an intricate and perplexing state of affairs; a complicated or difficult situation.
  3. a confused heap.

noun plural -glios

  1. a confused or perplexing political or interpersonal situation
  2. obsolete a confused heap; jumble

1750, from Italian imbroglio, from imbrogliare “confuse, tangle,” from assimilated form of in- “into, in, on, upon” (see in- (2)) + brogliare “embroil,” probably from Middle French brouiller “confuse” (see broil (2); also cf. embroil).

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