verb (used with object)
- embroidery needle,
Origin of embroil
Examples from the Web for embroil
This hot-headed youth, forsooth, cannot be at rest unless he embroil me in a quarrel with Juno.The Lusiad|Lus de Cames
It is to be hoped, that the ensuing campaign will pass, before the Emperor can be in a situation to embroil the affairs of Europe.
They never understood one another, and never consulted together in hours of danger, save to embroil matters in politics as in war.
And what in the name of goodness is it for which they embroil heaven and earth?The History of Rome, Books 01 to 08|Titus Livius
And now I am going to embroil the king of Navarre with his wife.The Forty-Five Guardsmen|Alexandre Dumas
Word Origin 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.