embroil

[ 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

em·broil·er, nounem·broil·ment, nounun·em·broiled, adjective
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embroil

/ (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 Forms

embroiler, nounembroilment, noun

Word Origin for embroil

C17: from French embrouiller, from brouiller to mingle, confuse
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