An example of to embroil is to drag a previously uninvolved person into a fight.
- to confuse (affairs, etc.); mix up; muddle
- to draw into a conflict or fight; involve in trouble
Origin of embroilFrench embrouiller: see en- and broil
transitive verbem·broiled, em·broil·ing, em·broils
- To involve in argument, contention, or hostile actions: “Avoid … any step that may embroil us with Great Britain” ( Alexander Hamilton )
- To throw into confusion or disorder; entangle.
Origin of embroilFrench embrouiller en- intensive pref. ; see en- 1. brouiller to confuse ( from Old French; see broil 2. )
(third-person singular simple present embroils, present participle embroiling, simple past and past participle embroiled)
- To draw into a situation; to cause to be involved.
- Avoid him. He will embroil you in his fights.
- To implicate in confusion; to complicate; to jumble.