1. a misunderstanding, disagreement, etc., of a complicated or bitter nature, as between persons or nations.
2. an intricate and perplexing state of affairs; a complicated or difficult situation.
3. a confused heap.
Origin: Imbroglio derives from Italian, from Old Italian imbrogliare, “to tangle, to confuse,” from in-, “in” + brogliare, “to mix, to stir.” It is related to embroil, “to entangle in conflict or argument.”
“When it comes to the teapot tempest that is the Hillary Clinton email imbroglio, the real controversy isn’t about politics or regulations. It’s about journalism and the weak standards employed to manufacture the scandal du jour.” - Kurt Eichenwald