em·​broil | \ im-ˈbrȯi(-ə)l How to pronounce embroil (audio) \
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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embroilment \ im-​ˈbrȯi(-​ə)l-​mənt How to pronounce embroilment (audio) \ 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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Granted, my situation was minor compared to that of people whose lives were embroiled with children, finances, real estate. Abby Ellin, Marie Claire, "I Almost Married a Con Man," 8 Jan. 2019 At the same time, Turkey was embroiled in a spat with Saudi Arabia over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist who had been critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "John Bolton, in Turkey, Set to Navigate Tough Diplomatic Terrain," 7 Jan. 2019 The year after Kavanaugh graduated, the fraternity was embroiled in racial controversy after a black sophomore said he was barred from a party at DKE’s new off-campus house because of his race. Alanna Durkin Richer, The Seattle Times, "At Yale, Kavanaugh stayed out of debates at a time of many," 28 Aug. 2018 Michael Sanchez, the brother of Jeff Bezos's girlfriend Lauren Sanchez, has become embroiled in Bezos’s National Enquirer scandal. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Jeff Bezos Considered Buying the National Enquirer's Parent Company After Photo Leak," 14 Feb. 2019 Kemp, who until last week was still the Secretary of State in Georgia, tasked with overseeing the elections — including his own — has been embroiled in allegations of voter suppression, scrutiny from voting rights groups. Tara Golshan, Vox, "The races that still haven’t been called in Arizona, Florida, and Georgia, explained," 12 Nov. 2018 While most other member-states ratified the treaty, France, embroiled in a bloody colonial war in Vietnam, kept holding out. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "Is Europe Ready to Defend Itself?," 4 Jan. 2019 Nas doesn’t address Kelis’ abuse allegations Forget Kanye's controversial tweets -- Nas has been the one embroiled in controversy lately. Andreas Hale, Billboard, "5 Things We Learned from Nas' New Kanye-Produced Album 'Nasir'," 15 June 2018 The national controversy embroiling Sinclair Broadcast Group seeped into the Maryland race for governor Tuesday as a Democratic candidate suggested politicians boycott the company’s four stations broadcasting in the state. Erin Cox, baltimoresun.com, "Democratic candidate for Maryland governor vows to avoid advertising on Sinclair stations," 3 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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