from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To involve in argument, contention, or hostile actions: "Avoid . . . any step that may embroil us with Great Britain” ( Alexander Hamilton).
  • transitive v. To throw into confusion or disorder; entangle.

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  • v. To draw into a situation; to cause to be involved.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See embroilment.
  • transitive 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.
  • transitive v. To implicate in confusion; to complicate; to jumble.

from The 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.

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  • v. force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French embrouiller : en-, intensive pref.; see en-1 + brouiller, to confuse (from Old French; see broil2).

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Cognate with French embrouiller


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