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, embrangle, 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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Peruvians largely praised his comments condemning corruption in a nation that has been embroiled in Latin America’s largest graft scandal. Christine Armario, The Seattle Times, "Dismissive words on abuse scandal cast pall over pope’s trip," 22 Jan. 2018 The new commissioner will take over an agency that has been embroiled in turmoil for months. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee IDs two finalists for the next commissioner of the city's troubled Health Department," 8 June 2018 Quentin Tarantino, who was embroiled in his own scandal months ago, will produce, write, and direct. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Jameela Jamil Wants To Know: Why Hasn't Emile Hirsch's Conviction Hurt His Career?," 8 June 2018 The agency removed the AP's environmental reporter, Michael Biesecker, from its master email list last summer after complaining about the fairness of Biesecker's coverage of Pruitt, who has become embroiled in a series of ethical scandals. Paul Farhi, chicagotribune.com, "EPA bars three reporters from covering meeting; one says she was shoved by a guard," 22 May 2018 Rainbow‘s release was particularly triumphant for Kesha, who has been embroiled in a contentious lawsuit with longtime producer and label exec Dr. Luke (aka Lukasz Gottwald, 44) . Lindsay Kimble, PEOPLE.com, "Cyndi Lauper on Moving Grammys Performance with Kesha: 'Sisterhood Is a Powerful Thing'," 29 Jan. 2018 Now, ownership of a vial said to contain moon dust, allegedly given by Apollo astronaut Neil Armstrong to a neighbor, is embroiled in litigation. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "Your Chance to Own a Piece of the Moon," 25 Nov. 2018 Trump has also criticized China, which has fraternal ties with the North and is embroiled in a trade war with the U.S., for conducting more trade with its old ally. Matthew Pennington, Fox News, "Some see signs of hope on North Korea as Trump heads to UN," 22 Sep. 2018 Nicki Minaj has been embroiled in some drama amidst the release of her new album, Queen, so a collaboration with beloved pop collective BTS makes for some healthy fan love from the most loyal stans online. Vogue, "BTS Collaborates With Nicki Minaj and Breaks the Internet," 24 Aug. 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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a complex dispute or argument

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