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 When domestic action kicked off, Mourinho became embroiled in a sexism row with club doctor Eva Carneiro during a disappointing 2-2 draw at home to Swansea, and spirits failed to recover at Stamford Bridge. SI.com, "7 Crazy Seasons That Needed an Amazon 'All or Nothing' Documentary," 21 Oct. 2019 During his second term, Morrow became embroiled in the Yellow Cab scandal. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Floyd Morrow, three-term SD city council member, dies at 86," 14 Oct. 2019 Amid his quest, McBride becomes embroiled in a dangerous mystery that threatens the survival of the solar system. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Brad Pitt launches perilous space race in stunning Ad Astra trailer," 18 July 2019 Hall reportedly became embroiled in an argument between several people in the middle of the street and as Hall turned to walk away he was shot three times in the back, according to the Post-Gazette. Fox News, "Off-duty Pittsburgh police officer dies 3 days after being shot 3 times in back," 18 July 2019 Last week, Fedex became embroiled in controversy for sending a Huawei phone bound for the United States back to its sender in the United Kingdom. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "FedEx sues US government over export controls after Huawei problems," 25 June 2019 At this point, acting FAA administrator Dan Elwell has avoided becoming embroiled in the current stalemate. Alison Sider, WSJ, "FAA Moves to Call Inspectors Back to Work," 12 Jan. 2019 Starbucks again became embroiled in racial issues earlier this year over the arrest of two black men at one of its stores in Philadelphia. Alexandra Olson, The Seattle Times, "A look at companies embroiled in recent political debates," 4 Sep. 2018 In 2016, Freidman became embroiled in a contentious lawsuit with Abitbol, who sought to have the Freedom company dissolved. Jason Laughlin, Philly.com, "Michael Cohen's business partner pleads guilty in criminal investigation involving Philadelphia," 23 May 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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22 Feb 2020

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“Embroil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embroil. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of embroil

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

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