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Borrowed from French embrouiller.


  • IPA(key): /ɪmˈbɹɔɪl/
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  • Rhymes: -ɔɪəl, -ɔɪl


embroil (third-person singular simple present embroils, present participle embroiling, simple past and past participle embroiled)

  1. To draw into a situation; to cause to be involved.
    Avoid him. He will embroil you in his fights.
    • 2020 November 1, Alan Young, “He hated the idea of being manipulated by the film industry and was regularly embroiled in lawsuits.”, in The Scotsman[1]:
    • 2016 January 31, "Is Huma Abedin Hillary Clinton’s Secret Weapon or Her Next Big Problem?," Vanity Fair (retrieved 21 January 2016):
      Whether it’s palatable for the vice-chairman of Hillary’s presidential campaign to be embroiled in allegations of conflicts of interest, obtaining patronage jobs, or misrepresenting time worked remains to be seen.
    • 1697, “(please specify the book number)”, in Virgil; John Dryden, transl., The Works of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, and Æneis. [], London: [] Jacob Tonson, [], OCLC 403869432:
      the royal house embroil'd in civil war
  2. To implicate in confusion; to complicate; to jumble.
    • 1705, J[oseph] Addison, Remarks on Several Parts of Italy, &c. in the Years 1701, 1702, 1703, London: [] Jacob Tonson, [], OCLC 1051505315:
      The Christian antiquities at Rome [] are so embroiled with fable and legend.

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