Definition of embroil in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪmˈbrɔɪl/
Pronunciation: /ɛmˈbrɔɪl/


[with object]
1Involve (someone) deeply in an argument, conflict, or difficult situation: the organization is currently embroiled in running battles with pressure groups the film’s about a journalist who becomes embroiled with a nightclub owner
More example sentences
  • 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.
1.1 archaic Bring into a state of confusion or disorder: what merit do you claim for having embroiled everything in which you are concerned?



Pronunciation: /ɪmˈbrɔɪlm(ə)nt/
Pronunciation: /ɛmˈbrɔɪlm(ə)nt/
Example sentences
  • ‘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'.

Words that rhyme with embroil

boil, Boyle, broil, coil, Dáil, Doyle, Fianna Fáil, foil, Hoyle, moil, noil, oil, roil, Royle, soil, spoil, toil, voile

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Line breaks: em|broil

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