• WordNet 3.6
    • v embroil force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action "They were swept up by the events","don't drag me into this business"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Embroil See Embroilment.
    • Embroil To implicate in confusion; to complicate; to jumble. "The Christian antiquities at Rome . . . are so embroiled with fable and legend."
    • Embroil To throw into confusion or commotion by contention or discord; to entangle in a broil or quarrel; to make confused; to distract; to involve in difficulties by dissension or strife. "The royal house embroiled in civil war."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • embroil To broil; burn.
    • embroil To mix up or entangle; intermix confusedly; involve.
    • embroil To involve in contention or trouble by discord; disturb; distract.
    • n embroil Perplexity; confusion; embarrassment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Embroil em-broil′ to involve in a broil, or in perplexity (with): to entangle: to distract: to throw into confusion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. embrouiller,; pref. em-,L. in,) + brouiller,. See 1st Broil, and cf. Imbroglio
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. embrouillerem, in, brouiller, to break out.


In literature:

Hence international jealousies and eventual embroilment.
"An Inquiry Into The Nature Of Peace And The Terms Of Its Perpetuation" by Thorstein Veblen
She embroiled the French at Agadir and got into a snarl with Portugal over Angola.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
Would it make her heart lighter to have you embroil yourself for her sake?
"The Diamond Coterie" by Lawrence L. Lynch
If the Americans don't embroil us in a war before long it will not be their fault.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
They only help us for money, and they wish only to embroil the world in war.
"Eve to the Rescue" by Ethel Hueston
If it had been she and Miss Mapp who had been embroiled, hoarding and dress would have occurred to her.
"Miss Mapp" by Edward Frederic Benson
It was during this canvass that Mr. Stephens became embroiled with Judge Francis H. Cone, a prominent lawyer of Georgia and a near neighbor.
"Robert Toombs" by Pleasant A. Stovall
And, if it should embroil her more than ever with Cromwell, it would the further serve his adventures.
"Privy Seal" by Ford Madox Ford
The embroiling, first, of our Spirits, and then, of our affairs.
"Salem Witchcraft and Cotton Mather" by Charles W. Upham
This would embroil him with his neighbors, and make central Europe secure while France was fighting Spain.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane

In poetry:

Why, you would not bid men, sunk in such a slough,
Strike no arm out further, stick and stink as now,
Leaving right and wrong to settle the embroilment,
Heaven with snaky hell, in torture and entoilment?
"Before" by Robert Browning

In news:

Name of Paine College basketball court embroiled in controversy.
Omar Benjamin , the Port of Oakland's executive director retired on Nov 12 after he became embroiled in in a scandal in which $4,500 in public funds were used for a party at a strip club.
The post-recession pre-recovery era has created a rash of factions embroiled in a battle of words over how to fix the economy.
Secetary of State Jon Husted, whose office was embroiled in litigation over balloting issues throughout the fall campaign, believes that there's room for improvement in the electoral process in Ohio.
Scott Bundgaard, the Peoria Republican who is embroiled in a full-blown Senate Ethics Committee trial, listens Dec 20 to the committee hash out details about how the trial will move forward.
The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties , which has been embroiled in a contentious contract dispute for nearly 18 months, announced the news in an open letter to students.
Another Mia Farrow family member embroiled in child sex abuse scandal.
How did the United States find itself embroiled in Vietnam fighting a war that lasted more than a decade and cost more than 58,000 American lives.
Papa John's pizza controversy: Another fast- food chain embroiled in culture war.
Bobby Petrino was named head coach at Western Kentucky, months after being embroiled in scandal at University of Arkansas.
BNY Mellon and other custody banks embroiled in litigation like.
Jessica Simpson 's dad, Joe, who is currently embroiled in a gay sex scandal, has formally pleaded no contest to his DUI stemming from his arrest last summer, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
Former Canadian judge embroiled in New Zealand wrongful conviction case.
He had been embroiled in extortion and racketeering and demanding money from drugs gangs in the city.
For two decades, commercial fishermen and charter halibut operators in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska have been embroiled in a battle over how much fish each sector should be allowed to catch.

In science:

But what matters for us is the general point: that classical physics’ description of the microscopic structure of matter, and of matter’s interaction with the electromagnetic field, turns out to be embroiled in paradox.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
This inability to inductively generalize any given cube (whose satisfying states lead to property violations) limits the applicability of the technique as previously developed : on some benchmarks, the model checker becomes embroiled in long fruitless searches for generalizable cubes.
k-Step Relative Inductive Generalization