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

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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Airlines are embroiled in a fare war, with the number of seats on transcontinental routes at an all-time high. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "Flying Coast-to-Coast Nonstop Has Rarely Been Cheaper," 8 May 2019 Papa John’s has sought to sever ties with founder John Schnatter, the company’s public face for years, who has been embroiled in controversy. Mengqi Sun, WSJ, "Papa John’s Looks to Improve Corporate Culture After Founder Flap," 1 Mar. 2019 Almost two years later, the organization that planned the march, Women’s March Inc., is embroiled in controversy, its leaders accused of anti-Semitism and mismanagement. Anna North, Vox, "The Women’s March changed the American left. Now anti-Semitism allegations threaten the group’s future.," 21 Dec. 2018 Recently, the actress has been embroiled in a lawsuit against FX for their depiction of her in miniseries Feud: Bette and Joan. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Gone With the Wind's Only Surviving Star Olivia de Havilland Turns 102," 2 July 2018 Iran and Saudi Arabia are longtime regional rivals and have been embroiled in an escalating war of words in recent months. Tamara Qiblawi, CNN, "Iran supreme leader: US 'feet must be cut off'," 30 Apr. 2018 But this isn’t the first time Facebook has been embroiled in controversy. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "We're Keeping Track of All of Facebook's Scandals So You Don't Have To," 6 Apr. 2018 Former University of Louisville basketball playerJerry King said he wasn't surprised by the decision given that the men's program under coach Rick Pitino has been embroiled in a string of controversies before the escort scandal. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "University of Louisville boosters blast 'worthless' NCAA over handling of violations," 20 Feb. 2018 Cabrera and the woman have been embroiled in a bitter paternity suit for six months, with the woman claiming the multimillionaire ballplayer is shortchanging her on child support. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Miguel Cabrera pampered ex-mistress with European trip, $5,000 kid birthday parties," 13 Feb. 2018

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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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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