em·broil | \im-ˈbrȯi(-ə)l \
embroiled; embroiling; embroils

Definition of embroil 

transitive verb

1 : to throw into disorder or confusion

2 : to involve in conflict or difficulties embroiled in controversy

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Other Words from embroil

embroilment \im-ˈbrȯi(-ə)l-mənt \ noun

Synonyms for embroil


bog (down), broil, mire

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Examples of embroil in a Sentence

His stand on this issue has embroiled him in controversy. The new drug has been embroiled in controversy. They were embroiled in a complicated lawsuit.
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The new instructions come as the administration is embroiled in a related controversy over its zero-tolerance border policy, which resulted in the separation of more than 3,000 children from undocumented parents or guardians crossing the border. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "Trump administration activates new asylum crackdown; potentially valid claims could be denied," 12 July 2018 But the truth is, every one of the drugs that the state of Nevada planned to use in Dozier's execution is embroiled in some form of controversy. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "The Untested Drugs at the Heart of Nevada's Execution Controversy," 11 July 2018 But the legal fight was only half the battle: Uber was facing growing public unease due to the frequency of scandals the business was embroiled in, protests from labor unions and the city’s traditional black-cab industry, and political headwinds. Nate Lanxon, The Seattle Times, "Uber CEO Khosrowshahi launched a charm offensive to win over London," 26 June 2018 But the legal fight was only half the battle: Uber was facing growing public unease due to the frequency of scandals the business was embroiled in, protests from labor unions and the city’s traditional black cab industry, and political headwinds. Fortune, "Uber’s CEO Launched a Charm Offensive to Win Over London," 26 June 2018 The best wishes, however, came amid turmoil embroiling Sampaoli and the squad, which is on the brink of elimination from the World Cup in Russia. Debora Rey, Fox News, "Messi birthday overshadowed by Argentina's World Cup crisis," 24 June 2018 So is talk of a Trump summit with Putin — unless the president bluntly confronts the Russian leader about his cyber espionage in Europe and the U.S. >> READ MORE: Will Trump’s deal-making backfire and embroil U.S. in new wars? Trudy Rubin, Philly.com, "Trump pummels G-7 democratic allies but loves autocrats | Trudy Rubin," 8 June 2018 Fergie and Andrew divorced in 1996, and, before and after the split, Fergie was embroiled in a number of high-profile scandals. Kate Storey, Good Housekeeping, "Sarah Ferguson Arrives at the Royal Wedding — After Getting Snubbed for William and Kate's," 19 May 2018 Changes to environmental protections have been a controversial debate embroiling the Trump administration. National Geographic, "These Are the 10 Most Endangered Rivers in the U.S.," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of embroil

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for embroil

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

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The first known use of embroil was in 1603

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English Language Learners Definition of embroil

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

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evasion of direct action or statement

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