embroil

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verb em·broil \im-ˈbrȯi(-ə)l\

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>

embroilment

play \-mənt\ noun

Examples of embroil in a sentence

  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 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

embroil

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verb em·broil \im-ˈbrȯi(-ə)l\

Definition of embroil for English Language Learners

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



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