embroil

[em-broil]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to bring into discord or conflict; involve in contention or strife.
  2. to throw into confusion; complicate.

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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Related Words for embroilment

altercation, squabble, clash, brawl, argument, fight, spat, tiff, fray, quarrel, conflict, dispute

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British Dictionary definitions for embroilment

embroil

verb (tr)
  1. to involve (a person, oneself, etc) in trouble, conflict, or argument
  2. 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 embroilment

embroil

v.

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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