Definition of embroil in English:


Syllabification: em·broil
Pronunciation: /emˈbroil


[with object] (often as adjective embroiled)
  • 1Involve (someone) deeply in an argument, conflict, or difficult situation: she became embroiled in a dispute between two women she hardly knew the movie’s about a journalist who becomes embroiled with a nightclub owner
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    • My parents are currently embroiled in much the same thing.
    • The National team is currently embroiled in an exhibition tour in B.C. versus Japan.
    • We will just throw them into the air and no one will ask again until people are embroiled in litigation.
    involve, entangle, ensnare, enmesh, catch up, mix up, bog down, mire
  • 1.1Bring into a state of confusion or disorder.



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  • ‘The exercise originated from frustration with ‘reliables’ who were continually being arrested for embroilments in trivial crimes and causing delay in our mercenary objectives.
  • In truth, if Gil has a skill for extricating himself from such embroilment it is only because he is forever landing himself in it, whether in football or not.
  • Indeed the embroilment of India, Poland and so on, is clearly a step along that path.


early 17th century: from French embrouiller 'to muddle'.

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