1. A misunderstanding, disagreement, etc. of a complicated or bitter nature, as between persons or nations.
2. An intricate and perplexing state of affairs.
3. A confused heap.
Origin: 1740–50; < Italian, derivative of imbrogliare to embroil
Sentence: The attempt at diplomacy quickly became an imbroglio of epic proportions.
Note: May also be spelled embroglio.