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imbroglio (im-BROL-yoh) noun

1. A difficult or intricate situation; an entanglement. A confused or complicated disagreement.

2. A confused heap; a tangle.

[Italian, from Old Italian, from imbrogliare, to tangle, confuse : in- + brogliare, to mix, stir, probably from Old French brooiller, brouiller.]

"Leasing would have helped Serbs and ethnic Albanians out of the Kosovo imbroglio. Both sides demanded exclusive control over the province, and Western negotiators could convince neither to back down." James Ron and Alexander Cooley, Suppose Israel Leased the Jordan Valley From the Palestinians, International Herald Tribune, Jul 8, 2000.


It is criminal to steal a purse, daring to steal a fortune, a mark of greatness to steal a crown. The blame diminishes as the guilt increases. -Johan Christoph Friedrich von Schiller, poet and dramatist (1759-1805)

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