>An altercation or complicated situation.
>An acutely painful or embarrassing misunderstanding
Imbroglio and “embroilment” are more than just synonyms; they’re also linked through etymology. Both descend from the Middle French verb embrouiller (same meaning as “embroil”), from the prefix em-, meaning “thoroughly,” plus brouiller, meaning “to mix” or “to confuse.”
>The hostages found themselves in an imbroglio when the two kidnappers began to fight.
>People have come out into the street from both sides to watch the imbroglio