Dictionary.com

embroil

[ em-broil ]
/ ɛmˈbrɔɪl /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: embroil / embroiled / embroilment on Thesaurus.com

verb (used with object)
to bring into discord or conflict; involve in contention or strife.
to throw into confusion; complicate.
QUIZ
SHALL WE PLAY A "SHALL" VS. "SHOULD" CHALLENGE?
Should you take this quiz on “shall” versus “should”? It should prove to be a quick challenge!
Question 1 of 6
Which form is used to state an obligation or duty someone has?

Origin of embroil

First recorded in 1595–1605; from Middle French embrouiller, equivalent to em- em-1 + brouiller “to quarrel”; see broil2

OTHER WORDS FROM embroil

em·broil·er, nounem·broil·ment, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use embroil in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for embroil

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 of embroil

embroiler, nounembroilment, noun

Word Origin for embroil

C17: from French embrouiller, from brouiller to mingle, confuse
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK