Definition of embroil
1 : to throw into disorder or confusion
2 : to involve in conflict or difficulties embroiled in controversy
embroilmentplay \im-ˈbrȯi(-ə)l-mənt\ noun
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.
Recent Examples of embroil from the Web
The Marshall family has been embroiled in probate litigation since patriarch oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II died at age 90 in 1995.
Indeed, this isn’t the first time the Ivanka Trump brand has been embroiled in a labor scandal.
Libya has been embroiled in violence since a 2011 uprising toppled and killed Moammar Gadhafi.
Hershey is just the latest company to become embroiled in a slack-fill lawsuit:
Along with Flynn, the investigation into Russia’s interference has also embroiled Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
Erin Lindsay, was faced with moving to New York for an undercover assignment with the FBI's counter-terrorism unit in order to protect her troubled mother Bunny (Markie Post) who had become embroiled in a murder investigation.
The state’s blistering review comes just as the city is embroiled in a corruption scandal involving ex-Mayor Luis Aguinaga, who in September pleaded guilty in a federal bribery case.
Reports surfaced last week that President Michel Temer is embroiled in corruption allegations.
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Origin and Etymology 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
EMBROIL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of embroil for English Language Learners
: to involve (someone or something) in conflict or difficulties
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