verb \im-ˈbri(-ə)l\

: to involve (someone or something) in conflict or difficulties

Full Definition of EMBROIL

transitive verb
:  to throw into disorder or confusion
:  to involve in conflict or difficulties <embroiled in controversy>
em·broil·ment \-mənt\ noun

Examples of EMBROIL

  1. His stand on this issue has embroiled him in controversy.
  2. The new drug has been embroiled in controversy.
  3. They were embroiled in a complicated lawsuit.

Origin of EMBROIL

French embrouiller, from Middle French, from en- + brouiller to jumble, from Old French brooilier, from Vulgar Latin *brodiculare — more at broil
First Known Use: 1603

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