- Embroil is defined as to involve someone in an argument or confusion.
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: French embrouiller: see en- and amp; broil
- embroilment noun
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transitive verb em·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: French embrouiller : en-, intensive pref.; see en-1 + brouiller, to confuse (from Old French; see broil2).
- em·broilˈment noun