verb (used with object)
to bring into discord or conflict; involve in contention or strife.
to throw into confusion; complicate.

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)
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]

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Word Origin & History

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
Their contents quickly embroiled him in a controversy that has shaken the
  climate community and threatened his career.
At the same time, scientists and industry are embroiled in a controversy over
  whether the devices cause brain tumors.
Indeed, without a calendar, ancient history at this period would be embroiled
  in impenetrable confusion.
Before long, countries around the world were embroiled in the debate.
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