American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To involve in argument, contention, or hostile actions: "Avoid . . . any step that may embroil us with Great Britain” ( Alexander Hamilton).
- v. To throw into confusion or disorder; entangle.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To broil; burn.
- To mix up or entangle; intermix confusedly; involve.
- To involve in contention or trouble by discord; disturb; distract.
- n. Perplexity; confusion; embarrassment.
- v. To draw into a situation; to cause to be involved.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. 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.
- v. To implicate in confusion; to complicate; to jumble.
- n. See embroilment.
- v. force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action
- Cognate with French embrouiller (Wiktionary)
- French embrouiller : en-, intensive pref.; see en-1 + brouiller, to confuse (from Old French; see broil2). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“For him to do as the Republicans want, he would again embroil our country in a fight that is not ours.”
“The only way to really guarantee of giving the United States a bloody nose would be to kind of embroil it in a larger, regional war.”
“Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., told AP he will not let the abortion issue "embroil" the healthcare reform debate.”
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“Em - is a common prefix, found in words such as embark, embed, embody, emboss, embrace, and embroil.”
“The false claims advanced by the Bush administration that Saddam was building up a serious WMD program and that his regime had given training in “poisons and deadly gases” to al-Qaeda associates in Iraq were the apogee of this hysteria, as they helped to embroil the United States in the disastrous Iraq War.”
“Critics of a no-fly zone say it is an act of war, and could embroil the United States in another conflict in the Arab world on the side of forces whose ultimate intentions are not yet clear.”
“They are little more than a lifeless marionette whose strings are pulled by xenophobic, anti-scientific, right-wing extremist religious fanatics who have managed to embroil us in an illegal war, soil our international reputation, and trash our economy.”
“While I appreciate that chasing each other around the house is an important part of your daily routine, please refrain from having bat-fights across the monkey's leg, or attempting to embroil her in your disputes.”
“And yet, staying on in Afghanistan for an extended period is likely to confer on the Taliban greater legitimacy as freedom fighters against foreign invaders, and will further embroil the US in a war it really cannot win, let alone have the will and financial resources to continue to continue to fight.”
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