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embroil

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verb em·broil \im-ˈbrȯi(-ə)l\

Simple Definition of embroil

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

Full Definition of embroil

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to throw into disorder or confusion

  3. 2 :  to involve in conflict or difficulties <embroiled in controversy>

em·broil·ment play \-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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