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  • n. The condition of being embroiled in something; an imbroglio or entanglement

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of embroiling, or the condition of being embroiled; entanglement in a broil.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of embroiling, or the state of being embroiled; a state of contention, perplexity, or confusion; disturbance; entanglement.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an intricate and confusing interpersonal or political situation


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  • I have heard enough since I came here, to satisfy me that a cavalier of honour is free to take any part in this civil embroilment whilk he may find most convenient for his own peculiar.

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  • He knew that even in the dispute respecting the supremacy of Scotland, his Holiness had set up a claim to the kingdom which, in the temper of the times, might perhaps have been deemed superior both to that of Robert Bruce, and that of Edward of England, and he conceived his monarch would give him little thanks for any fresh embroilment which might take place with the Church.

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  • “I scarcely see how to take this,” he said, being clever enough to suppose that a dash of candour might sweeten the embroilment.


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  • So, there's a whole chain of events, an embroilment, that went on for many years prior to Diane Whipple's death.

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