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;Related formsem·broil·er, nounem·broil·ment, nounun·em·broiled, adjective
< Middle French embrouiller,
equivalent to em- em-1
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Related Words for embroilentangle
Examples from the Web for embroil
Historical Examples of embroil
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.
Would it make her heart lighter to have you embroil yourself for her sake?
"If continued, these wars will embroil all the tribes of the West," said Clark.
They only help us for money, and they wish only to embroil the world in war.
British Dictionary definitions for embroil
Derived Formsembroiler, nounembroilment, noun
to involve (a person, oneself, etc) in trouble, conflict, or argument
to throw (affairs) into a state of confusion or disorder; complicate; entangle
Word Origin for embroil
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.
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