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 embroil (audio) \ noun

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Shelter offers, backed by enforcement, could embroil L.A. in another confrontation that would dwarf the disturbances over the city’s recent police action to remove a sprawling tent city from Echo Park Lake, several advocates said. Gale Holland Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2021 This round of fighting threatens to embroil Russia, which maintains good ties with both Armenia and Azerbaijan but is treaty-bound to protect Armenia, and NATO-member Turkey, which is backing Azerbaijan. Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2020 Over that week in October, the Series would encompass one of the rarest of feats, invoke a curse, bring on a drunken’s manager’s outburst and embroil a star player in legal problems. Marc Bona, cleveland, 4 Oct. 2020 McCarthy himself and the military as a whole became embroiled in controversy surrounding police and National Guard response to protesters last week in Washington, DC. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, 9 June 2020 Castro's endorsements come as the nation is embroiled in protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, 8 June 2020 The finger pointing was a refrain heard in many cities embroiled in protests, from Minneapolis and across the country. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, 3 June 2020 As a beleaguered Trump administration struggles with an unprecedented surge of domestic challenges, foreign leaders friendly and otherwise are recalibrating their strategies for coping with an unconventional administration embroiled in turbulence. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, 1 June 2020 Models have become yet another aspect of life embroiled in political controversy. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 1 June 2020

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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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1 May 2021

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“Embroil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embroil. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of embroil

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


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