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 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 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, "Army to consider changing names of forts named after Confederate generals," 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, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Biden meets with George Floyd's family," 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, "Cleveland blamed 1966 Hough riots on outsiders -- and it wasn’t true," 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, "The World Waits Out Trump," 1 June 2020 Models have become yet another aspect of life embroiled in political controversy. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Understanding epidemiology models," 1 June 2020 But while Major League Baseball is embroiled in a fight over safety and money, Rojas is hitting .423 with four home runs for the KT Wiz. Ethan Sears, The Indianapolis Star, "How ex-Indianapolis Indians player is experiencing baseball in South Korea," 31 May 2020 Wills wasn’t the only one left confused and embroiled by Newsom’s statement. Erika Stalder, refinery29.com, "California Governor Says A Nail Salon Started COVID-19 Spread — & Workers Are Devastated," 10 May 2020 Three years later, Braidy is still trying to secure enough financing to build the $1.7 billion mill and is embroiled in a lawsuit with Bouchard. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, "Braidy's ex-CEO Craig Bouchard says he'd work to reimburse state investment if reinstated," 8 May 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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13 Jun 2020

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“Embroil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embroil. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of embroil

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

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