[ em-broil ]
/ ɛmˈbrɔɪl /

verb (used with object)

to bring into discord or conflict; involve in contention or strife.
to throw into confusion; complicate.

Nearby words

  1. embroglio,
  2. embroider,
  3. embroideress,
  4. embroidery,
  5. embroidery needle,
  6. embroiled,
  7. embrown,
  8. embrue,
  9. embry-,
  10. embryectomy

Origin of embroil

1595–1605; < Middle French embrouiller, equivalent to em- em-1 + brouiller to broil2

Related formsem·broil·er, nounem·broil·ment, nounun·em·broiled, adjective

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/ (ɪmˈbrɔɪl) /

verb (tr)

to involve (a person, oneself, etc) in trouble, conflict, or argument
to throw (affairs) into a state of confusion or disorder; complicate; entangle
Derived Formsembroiler, nounembroilment, noun

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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