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[em-broil] /ɛmˈbrɔɪl/
verb (used with object)
to bring into discord or conflict; involve in contention or strife.
to throw into confusion; complicate.
Origin of embroil
1595-1605; < Middle French embrouiller, equivalent to em- em-1 + brouiller to broil2
Related forms
embroiler, noun
embroilment, noun
unembroiled, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for embroil
Historical Examples
  • In any case I shall not embroil them with each other as you would.

  • The man whom he knew to be his rival was about to embroil himself with everybody.

    Before the Dawn Joseph Alexander Altsheler
  • Would it make her heart lighter to have you embroil yourself for her sake?

    The Diamond Coterie Lawrence L. Lynch
  • "If continued, these wars will embroil all the tribes of the West," said Clark.

    The Conquest

    Eva Emery Dye
  • They only help us for money, and they wish only to embroil the world in war.

    Eve to the Rescue

    Ethel Hueston
  • She forbade them, I understand, because they were likely to embroil her in unnecessary wars.

    Changing China William Gascoyne-Cecil
  • As a like conduct might embroil you with your hosts, you will change your abode from time to time.

    Ecce Homo! Paul Henry Thiry Baron d' Holbach
  • This latter course could only tend to embroil France with Italy.

  • And this is why she strives to embroil your country with Japan and Mexico.

    The Moonlit Way

    Robert W. Chambers
  • It was desirable to embroil as few as possible in the Lancaster dispute.

    The Plow-Woman Eleanor Gates
British Dictionary definitions for embroil


verb (transitive)
to involve (a person, oneself, etc) in trouble, conflict, or argument
to throw (affairs) into a state of confusion or disorder; complicate; entangle
Derived Forms
embroiler, noun
embroilment, noun
Word Origin
C17: from French embrouiller, from brouiller to mingle, confuse
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Word Origin and History for embroil

c.1600, "throw into disorder," from French embrouillier (cognate of Italian imbrogliare), from en- "in" (see en- (1)) + brouiller "confuse," from Old French brooillier (see broil (v.2)). Sense of "involve in a quarrel" is first attested c.1610. Related: Embroiled; embroiling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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