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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To draw into a situation; to cause to be involved.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
- n. See embroilment.
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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action
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)
Cognate with French embrouiller (Wiktionary)