embroil

verb
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

Other Words from embroil

embroilment \ im-​ˈbrȯi(-​ə)l-​mənt How to pronounce embroil (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for embroil

Synonyms

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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.
Recent Examples on the Web But a severe weather forecast for the weekend could embroil travel plans. Christine Chung, BostonGlobe.com, 27 May 2022 For resellers, failing to weed out even one fake item can embroil them in a costly and damaging legal battle. Tiffany Ap, Quartz, 21 May 2022 Two Bay Area lawmakers are leaders in the movement to not embroil the U.S. military in needless conflict. Tal Kopan, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Mar. 2022 Several art world professionals were similarly gun-shy, citing the experience of the estate’s authentication committee and their fear that publicly weighing in could embroil them in a lawsuit with the paintings’ current owners. New York Times, 16 Feb. 2022 Last week, Joe Biden tactlessly admitted that a minor incursion might embroil the U.S. in a fight with its allies about whether to do anything at all. WSJ, 25 Jan. 2022 But Turley and Goldsmith both pointed out that prosecuting Bannon could embroil the department in partisan politics. David Rohde, The New Yorker, 27 Oct. 2021 That same conversation will embroil coaches and programs in the playoff hunt, bringing unwanted distractions and attention as coaches preach the importance of remaining focused on the task at hand. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 15 Sep. 2021 Bin Laden later put a post-facto gloss on the strategic failure of 9/11 by dressing it up as a great success and claiming the attacks were a fiendishly clever plot to embroil the US in costly wars in the Middle East. Peter Bergen, CNN, 11 Sep. 2021 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'embroil.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

Learn More About embroil

Time Traveler for embroil

Time Traveler

The first known use of embroil was in 1603

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near embroil

embroidery hoop

embroil

embroiler

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for embroil

Cite this Entry

“Embroil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embroil. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on embroil

Nglish: Translation of embroil for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of embroil for Arabic Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!