Nehama (med_cat) wrote in 1word1day,

Friday word: Imbroglio


noun \im-ˈbrōl-(ˌ)yō\

1: a confused mass
2a : an intricate or complicated situation (as in a drama or novel)
b : an acutely painful or embarrassing misunderstanding
c : a violently confused or bitterly complicated altercation : embroilment
d : scandal

Etymology: Italian, from imbrogliare to entangle, from Middle French embrouiller , from en- + brouiller to jumble, from Old French brooilier, from Vulgar Latin *brodiculare

First Known Use: 1750

Example: (from Google news earlier this week):

CNN - ‎26 minutes ago‎
Washington (CNN) -- If there is any silver lining for Republicans from the Todd Akin imbroglio, no one seems to have found it yet.
Tags: i, italian, noun, wordsmith: med_cat

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