V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: a complicated, sometimes emotionally charged, situation involving intrigue and misunderstanding

Synonyms: predicament, tangle, snarl, dispute, mess


Tips: Imbroglio comes from the Italian imbrogliare, "to mix up." Think of something mixed up and tangled. Imbroglios often result from mix-ups, mishaps, and misunderstandings.

Usage Examples:

The play is a comedy about an imbroglio that develops, among a cast of characters who are unknowingly in love with one another, in a complicated, hilarious pattern. (mess, tangle, predicament)

The imbroglio in the Middle East was caused by a lack of clear communication and fear. (mess, predicament)

My daughter and her friends in the neighborhood are constantly in a state of imbroglio, with one group angry with the other or vice versa. (mix-up, misunderstanding)

Land developers and environmentalists are always in some type of imbroglio over new construction plans. (quarrel, dispute)

Want to Learn More Words Like imbroglio?
Discover How You Can Improve Your
Vocabulary 10 to 100 Times Faster with
the Power Vocabulary Builder

Dear Friend,

The definition and lessons for the word imbroglio were made available by the Power Vocabulary Builder.

The Power Vocabulary Builder will help you develop a fuller, richer vocabulary 10 to 100 times faster than any other program available.

Visit the the Power Vocabulary Builder site right now to discover how you can get full access to this breakthrough program today!

What's your vocabulary level?
Power Vocabulary Builder
FREE E-mail Course!

Drop your details in the boxes below to receive a FREE vocabulary course: