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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n embroilment an intricate and confusing interpersonal or political situation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Embroilment The act of embroiling, or the condition of being embroiled; entanglement in a broil.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n embroilment The act of embroiling, or the state of being embroiled; a state of contention, perplexity, or confusion; disturbance; entanglement.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Embroilment a state of perplexity or confusion: disturbance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. embrouillement,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. embrouillerem, in, brouiller, to break out.


In literature:

I have certain projects of embroiling Margot with her husband.
"The Forty-Five Guardsmen" by Alexandre Dumas
A Republic would embroil us with all Europe.
"France in the Nineteenth Century" by Elizabeth Latimer
The chivalry of the two villages became embroiled.
"Bracebridge Hall" by Washington Irving
He was working in the ranks of Germans in Mexico to embroil the United States with that country.
"The Radio Boys on the Mexican Border" by Gerald Breckenridge
Another accident also about this time was, notwithstanding all our caution, very near embroiling us with the Indians.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. 12" by Robert Kerr
He could embroil him with two kings, France and England, and induce a third to harass him from the South.
"The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay" by Maurice Hewlett
Too much intermeddling in Tibet might easily embroil her with Great Britain.
"The Awakening of China" by W.A.P. Martin
The brothers of Ysiaslaf became embroiled, and drew the sword against each other.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
He must be stopped at once in a course which might embroil Europe in a war with Turkey; and more than that, he must be punished.
"The Great Round World and What Is Going On In It, Vol. 1, No. 20, March 25, 1897" by Various
In any other view it is a maze, a mystery, a hopeless embroilment.
"Practical Essays" by Alexander Bain
She could have embroiled M. and Mme.
"Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z" by Anatole Cerfberr and Jules François Christophe
In my youth I myself suffered much by the dissensions which then embroiled the Republic.
"Dialogues of the Dead" by Lord Lyttelton
Godefroy fought cursing our souls to all eternity for embroiling him in peril.
"Heralds of Empire" by Agnes C. Laut
I will not be embroiled for idle pride of thine.
"Star of Mercia" by Blanche Devereux
If we get embroiled, America will steal the trade of the world.
"The Passion for Life" by Joseph Hocking
Here he was embroiled with three, after his brave fight of the morning too, which should have won him their applause.
"Missy" by Miriam Coles Harris
He was too sensible a man to embroil himself with an angry woman and a hospitable hostess.
"Inchbracken" by Robert Cleland
The restless and warlike disposition of this tribe, kept them constantly embroiled with their neighbours.
"The Indian in his Wigwam" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
Thus she begged Napoleon not to execute the duc d'Enghien and not to embroil himself in Spanish affairs in 1808.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 5" by Various
They had their share, direct or indirect, in the embroiling of states, in concocting conspiracies and in kindling wars.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 3" by Various

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:

Colorado Rep Bradford, once embroiled in DUI arrest, plans not to seek re-election.
Kabul embroiled in day 4 of Quran burning protests (+video).
INTERVIEWS Courtney Love Embroiled in Second Twitter Lawsuit.
Seattle's PATH embroiled in HPV vaccine controversy in India.
Bellingham student embroiled in Rep Weiner Twitter scandal.
Apple is embroiled in a lawsuit over use of the iPad name in China.
So, how does US debt compare with that of European countries, embroiled in a debt crisis of their own.
But that was the case even before Herman Cain became embroiled in allegations of an extramarital affair.
Lawyers for the Tampa socialite embroiled in the scandal that prompted CIA Director David Petraeus' resignation say she never tried to exploit her friendship with him.
Big cloud services providers are embroiled in a price war, and the victor in this case is the customer.
Pomegranate product makers POM Wonderful are embroiled in a fight with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over their use of health claims-based marketing for their products.
Kevin Clash, the puppeteer behind "Sesame Street's" beloved Elmo, has resigned after he became embroiled in an underage sex scandal .
The Material Girl is embroiled in some legal drama over her song 'Vogue,' which came out like, when dinosaurs were roaming the Earth.
As cities across California are embroiled in the contentious movement towards eliminating plastic bags, another environmentally based container war is raging in the Hermosa Beach.
The Internal Revenue Service is embroiled in battles with tea party and other conservative groups who claim the government is purposely frustrating their attempts to gain tax-exempt status.

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