Definition of embroil
1 : to throw into disorder or confusion
2 : to involve in conflict or difficulties <embroiled in controversy>
embroilmentplay \-mənt\ 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.
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
Definition of embroil for English Language Learners
: to involve (someone or something) in conflict or difficulties
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