The Closing Word: Imbroglio

The Closing Word: MetierThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (im-BRO-lee-oh)

1. an intricate and confusing interpersonal or political situation
2. a very embarrassing misunderstanding

From “Although an imbroglio is a tangled situation or a messy complicated misunderstanding, its history is just the opposite, clear as a bell. Imbroglio is just a borrowed word from Italian meaning ‘entanglement.’ ”

“We had a real imbroglio on our hands when the woman the seller was having an affair with turned up at the open house.”


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