Definition of embroil in English:



[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’
    • ‘The more he investigates, the more things don't add up and soon he is embroiled in a deadly game of cat and mouse with the real killer.’
    • ‘Even the Royal Family are embroiled in a hair-scare scandal.’
    • ‘Pretty soon he is embroiled in a series of incidents which move fluidly between comedy and tragedy and, at once, draw the audience in.’
    • ‘There are so many contradictions and paradoxes that you're just embroiled in them all the time.’
    • ‘‘We don't want this thing to end up in some kind of miscalculation that embroils us in a conflict,’ he said.’
    • ‘And now we are embroiled in another of track and field's endless efforts to get ahead of dopers.’
    • ‘If there are a few loose ends to be tidied up on that front, it is nothing compared to the financial mess in which he is embroiled with one of his former clubs.’
    • ‘He was embroiled in controversy during a visit to Israel when he denounced Jewish settlements on Arab territory.’
    • ‘By night he was embroiled in the drawn-out takeover talks.’
    • ‘Club members were embroiled in a row over a proposed new clubhouse recently.’
    • ‘As he gets more deeply embroiled in these situations, he has a lot of tough decisions to face.’
    • ‘He was also embroiled in a bitter dispute with a Limerick criminal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Maybe gangsters are embroiled in some kind of gun culture, but responsible shooters are certainly not.’
    • ‘Recently separated from the woman who had helped her win round her parents, she discovered her former lover was embroiled in a battle with cancer.’
    • ‘But he was quickly embroiled in a range of media interviews as the press release hit the news desks.’
    • ‘But, the way she tells it, the fact that she was embroiled in legal action of any kind was enough for film studios to become nervous.’
    • ‘He was embroiled in a heated exchange at a public inquiry into controversial plans to build a mosque in his Clitheroe ward.’
    • ‘We will just throw them into the air and no one will ask again until people are embroiled in litigation.’
    involve, entangle, ensnare, enmesh, catch up, mix up, bog down, mire
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    1. 1.1archaic Bring into a state of confusion or disorder.
      ‘what merit do you claim for having embroiled everything in which you are concerned?’
      complicate, muddle, jumble, garble, make complex, make difficult, make more difficult, blur, obscure, make unclear, cloud, obfuscate
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Early 17th century: from French embrouiller ‘to muddle’.