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

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Other Words from embroil

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

Synonyms for embroil

Synonyms

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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Michael Sanchez, the brother of Jeff Bezos's girlfriend Lauren Sanchez, has become embroiled in Bezos’s National Enquirer scandal. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Jeff Bezos Considered Buying the National Enquirer's Parent Company After Photo Leak," 14 Feb. 2019 Kemp, who until last week was still the Secretary of State in Georgia, tasked with overseeing the elections — including his own — has been embroiled in allegations of voter suppression, scrutiny from voting rights groups. Tara Golshan, Vox, "The races that still haven’t been called in Arizona, Florida, and Georgia, explained," 12 Nov. 2018 While most other member-states ratified the treaty, France, embroiled in a bloody colonial war in Vietnam, kept holding out. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "Is Europe Ready to Defend Itself?," 4 Jan. 2019 Nas doesn’t address Kelis’ abuse allegations Forget Kanye's controversial tweets -- Nas has been the one embroiled in controversy lately. Andreas Hale, Billboard, "5 Things We Learned from Nas' New Kanye-Produced Album 'Nasir'," 15 June 2018 The national controversy embroiling Sinclair Broadcast Group seeped into the Maryland race for governor Tuesday as a Democratic candidate suggested politicians boycott the company’s four stations broadcasting in the state. Erin Cox, baltimoresun.com, "Democratic candidate for Maryland governor vows to avoid advertising on Sinclair stations," 3 Apr. 2018 Peruvians largely praised his comments condemning corruption in a nation that has been embroiled in Latin America’s largest graft scandal. Christine Armario, The Seattle Times, "Dismissive words on abuse scandal cast pall over pope’s trip," 22 Jan. 2018 The new commissioner will take over an agency that has been embroiled in turmoil for months. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee IDs two finalists for the next commissioner of the city's troubled Health Department," 8 June 2018 Quentin Tarantino, who was embroiled in his own scandal months ago, will produce, write, and direct. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Jameela Jamil Wants To Know: Why Hasn't Emile Hirsch's Conviction Hurt His Career?," 8 June 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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embroil

verb

English Language Learners Definition of embroil

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

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