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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So speaking of Joe Biden, Xan, he’s been embroiled in another woke controversy. Nr Staff, National Review, "The Editors Podcast: Restarts, Rallies, and Regulations," 22 June 2019 Staley has also embroiled himself in a scandal over whistle-blowing last year, and the bank has been charged with fraud by U.K. regulators. Stephen Morris, Bloomberg.com, "Barclays Sees Turnaround Gathering Momentum as Dividend Boosted," 22 Feb. 2018 Members of a support group for killers become embroiled in a mystery after an assassination attempt. Matt Cooper, latimes.com, "L.A. movie openings, June 23-30: ‘Euphoria,’ ‘Yesterday’ and more," 23 June 2019 Syria has been embroiled in a civil war since March 2011. Patrick Dehahn, Quartz, "The Syria conflict has seen over 570 attacks on civilian hospitals," 22 June 2019 The United States and China have been embroiled in a bitter battle over supercomputer dominance for years. David Goldman, CNN, "US details new restrictions on Chinese supercomputer companies," 21 June 2019 Grace Hollars, Indianapolis Star For the second time in a week, an Indianapolis Catholic high school has been embroiled in controversy. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "The Indianapolis Catholic high school controversies explained," 20 June 2019 Following the fall of Mr. Marcos’s regime in 1986, the property became embroiled in litigation, with multiple parties claiming rights to it. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "A Russian Billionaire’s $1.3 Billion Bet on New York’s Iconic Crown Building," 13 June 2019 The White House remains embroiled in a controversy over an apparent order to block from view the USS John S. McCain during Trump's recent trip to Japan. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "European allies made the D-Day landing at Normandy possible. 75 years later, Trump questions those bonds," 5 June 2019

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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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