embroil

[em-broil]
verb (used with object)
1.
to bring into discord or conflict; involve in contention or strife.
2.
to throw into confusion; complicate.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Middle French embrouiller, equivalent to em- em-1 + brouiller to broil2

embroiler, noun
embroilment, noun
unembroiled, adjective
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embroil (ɪmˈbrɔɪl)
 
vb
1.  to involve (a person, oneself, etc) in trouble, conflict, or argument
2.  to throw (affairs) into a state of confusion or disorder; complicate; entangle
 
[C17: from French embrouiller, from brouiller to mingle, confuse]
 
em'broiler
 
n
 
em'broilment
 
n

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embroil
c.1600, from Fr. embrouillier (cognate with It. imbrogliare), from en- "in" + brouiller "confuse," from O.Fr. brooillier (see broil (2)). Sense of "involve in a quarrel" is first attested c.1610.
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Example sentences
It is a lively situation in which to embroil a spectator and the breath comes pleasantly fast while it is being resolved.
The investigation also threatens to embroil the insurance industry's remarkable family dynasty.
Failure to do so would embroil the government in court for years.
Such a situation could embroil countries in battles over what should and should not appear.
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