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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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  • He told me once that he had embroiled me with Monsieur by policy.

    The Memoirs of the Louis XIV. and The Regency, Complete Elizabeth-Charlotte, Duchesse d'Orleans
  • To be embroiled now might ruin everything, and by a miracle he kept his temper.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • Nearly all his life he was embroiled in controversy of one sort or another.

    Recollections David Christie Murray
  • It is not right for them, who are from the country here, to be embroiled with their relatives.

    The False Chevalier William Douw Lighthall
  • At this, I recognized the bearer of that epistle which had embroiled me with the Abbe Montreuil.

    Devereux, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for embroiled


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 embroiled



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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