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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Other Words from embroil

embroilment \ im-​ˈbrȯi(-​ə)l-​mənt How to pronounce embroilment (audio) \ 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web When they were leaked in 1971, the Pentagon Papers caused a sensation by revealing the government had long misled the public about how the United States came to be embroiled in Vietnam. Craig Whitlock, Anchorage Daily News, "Confidential documents reveal U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan," 9 Dec. 2019 Revelations about Fierle’s practices have embroiled the state’s guardianship program, prompting the resignation of a top state official and a push to strengthen monitoring and penalties for abuses. Monivette Cordeiro, orlandosentinel.com, "Probe found guardian Rebecca Fierle billed AdventHealth nearly $4 million. Invoices show the total could be higher," 12 Sep. 2019 The crisis that has embroiled the world’s airlines is now hitting the industry’s biggest aircraft makers, Boeing Co. and Airbus SE, and further challenging Boeing’s efforts to return its 737 MAX to service. Doug Cameron, WSJ, "Coronavirus Pandemic Hits Plane Makers, Complicates 737 MAX Return," 8 Apr. 2020 There was something truly distressing about this back-and-forth—the paper of record embroiled in a sordid family drama. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "Woody Allen’s Memoir Is Shrouded in Secrecy. Why?," 1 Apr. 2020 And that land is part of a larger plot embroiled in a zoning battle brought by Frank. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "Friends of Floyds Fork urges JCPS to pause purchase of Echo Trail land," 10 Mar. 2020 The votes, ending the third presidential impeachment trial in American history, were a resounding victory for Mr. Trump after five months of blaring scandal over Ukraine that embroiled Washington and threatened his presidency. Peter Baker, New York Times, "Impeachment Trial Updates: Senate Acquits Trump, Ending Historic Trial," 6 Feb. 2020 Many who tuned into Sunday's Grammys did so with anticipation to see how music's biggest night would handle the scandal that has embroiled the Recording Academy in the week leading up to its annual telecast. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, "Grammys: Alicia Keys Says "We Refuse the Old Systems" Amid Recording Academy Turmoil," 27 Jan. 2020 The scandal has embroiled elite universities across the country, including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and UCLA. Collin Binkley, The Denver Post, "Huffman gets 14 days behind bars in college admissions scam," 13 Sep. 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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16 May 2020

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“Embroil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embroil. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of embroil

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

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