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embroil

[em-broil] /ɛmˈbrɔɪl/
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
1595-1605; < Middle French embrouiller, equivalent to em- em-1 + brouiller to broil2
Related forms
embroiler, noun
embroilment, noun
unembroiled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for un embroiled

embroil

/ɪmˈbrɔɪl/
verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
embroiler, noun
embroilment, noun
Word Origin
C17: from French embrouiller, from brouiller to mingle, confuse
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Word Origin and History for un embroiled

embroil

v.

c.1600, "throw into disorder," from French embrouillier (cognate of Italian imbrogliare), from en- "in" (see en- (1)) + brouiller "confuse," from Old French brooillier (see broil (v.2)). Sense of "involve in a quarrel" is first attested c.1610. Related: Embroiled; embroiling.

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