embroil [em broil′, imbroil′]
[Fr embrouiller: see EN-1 & BROIL2]
1. to confuse (affairs, etc.); mix up; muddle
2. to draw into a conflict or fight; involve in trouble

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  • Embroil — Em*broil , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Embroiled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Embroiling}.] [F. embrouiller; pref. em (L. in) + brouiller. See 1st {Broil}, and cf. {Imbroglio}.] 1. To throw into confusion or commotion by contention or discord; to entangle in a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Embroil — Em*broil , n. See {Embroilment}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • embroil — index bicker, collide (clash), confound, confuse (create disorder), disrupt, implicate, incense …   Law dictionary

  • embroil — c.1600, throw into disorder, from Fr. embrouillier (cognate with It. imbrogliare), from en in (see EN (Cf. en ) (1)) + brouiller confuse, from O.Fr. brooillier (see BROIL (Cf. broil) (2)). Sense of involve in a quarrel is first attested c.1610.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • embroil — [v] involve in dispute; complicate cause trouble, compromise, confound, confuse, derange, disorder, disturb, disunite, encumber, enmesh, ensnare, entangle, implicate, incriminate, involve, mire, mix up, muddle, perplex, snarl, tangle, trouble;… …   New thesaurus

  • embroil — ► VERB ▪ involve deeply in a conflict or difficult situation. DERIVATIVES embroilment noun. ORIGIN French embrouiller to muddle …   English terms dictionary

  • embroil — verb /ɪmˈbrɔɪl/ To draw into a situation; to cause to be involved. Avoid him. He will embroil you in his fights …   Wiktionary

  • embroil — v. (D; tr.) to embroil in * * * [ɪm brɔɪl] (D;tr.) to embroilin …   Combinatory dictionary

  • embroil — em|broil [ımˈbrɔıl] v [T] [Date: 1600 1700; : French; Origin: embrouiller, from brouiller to mix together ] to involve someone or something in a difficult situation embroil sb/sth in sth ▪ I became embroiled in an argument with the taxi driver …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • embroil — [[t]ɪmbrɔ͟ɪl[/t]] embroils, embroiling, embroiled VERB If someone embroils you in a fight or an argument, they get you deeply involved in it. [V n in n] Any hostilities could result in retaliation and further embroil U.N. troops in fighting.… …   English dictionary

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