To see details on the word
please enable javascript.


Please don’t embroil me in this kind of office politics.
  involve someone in a conflict — such as a controversy or a problem
 Mark word for later review on this computer
embroiled embroils embroil embroiling embroilment
Web Links:
(try right-click if popups are disabled)
Dictionary -®
Dictionary/Synonyms - Google®
Dictionary List - OneLook®
  • Please don’t embroil me in this kind of office politics.
  • Iran is trying to embroil the United States in the controversy.
  • If I were going to remain here, I might think it worth my while to embroil myself.
    Charles Dickens  --  The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
  • Nick and I are currently embroiled in what I have taken to calling (to myself) the Cuckoo Clock Conundrum.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

  • Show more
  • And yet still, so long after the founding of this democracy, every day, our elected leaders still find themselves embroiled in some scandal or another, usually involving them doing something they shouldn’t be doing.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • His family became embroiled in a dispute with their cousins over a small plot of forest.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • And if you get embroiled in it and you’re seen to be helping a man kill himself, then you could end up in all sorts of trouble."
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • At the house Sophie and Nathan were embroiled in combat just outside the door of my room.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • As for being "over a barrel"—if anyone gave off the aroma of being embroiled in some sort of ongoing and ill-defined trouble, it was Platt.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Piggy, finding himself uncomfortably embroiled, slid the conch to Ralph’s knees and sat down.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies

  • Show more again
  • For a moment Clary struggled, embroiled in a sea of perfumed flesh, swaths of velvet, and the tasseled ends of Dorothea’s shawl.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • We shall see…… It seems, Eragon, that we are embroiled in a new type of warfare here.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Magicians are vulnerable to physical attack when they are embroiled in their mental struggles.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • They stretched out their hooks toward the belimed ones, who were already baked within the crust: and we left them thus embroiled.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • LUMA HAD LITTLE appreciation for the degree to which the community center—the home of her new soccer program—had become embroiled in the battle over Clarkston’s identity when she pulled her Volkswagen Beetle into the center’s parking lot on a sunny June afternoon in 2004, before her team’s first tryouts.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • It is a very justifiable cause of a war, to invade a country after the people have been wasted by famine, destroyed by pestilence, or embroiled by factions among themselves.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • But beyond them both lay the clouded area, the Great Unrest where all the universe seemed embroiled.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Why should we be quick to embroil ourselves as adversaries of the other, being far more powerful than they are?
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • I particularly feared he would get embroiled in a religious discussion, bring in my Roman Catholicism in a way that could embarrass the Church.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • This was a great affront to the king’s army, and a great inconvenience to the cardinal, who had no longer, it is true, to embroil Louis XIII with Anne of Austria—for that affair was over—but he had to adjust matters for M. de Bassompierre, who was embroiled with the Duc d’Angouleme.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • The O.J. Simpson acquittal was yesterday afternoon, and the university is embroiled in racial discussion, though not between the races.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • But it was not by design of your own that you became embroiled in them, and so I will not blame such part as you have played-a valiant one, I doubt not.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • To whom these most adhere He rules a moment: Chaos umpire sits, And by decision more embroils the fray By which he reigns: next him, high arbiter, Chance governs all.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • It behoved him, therefore, to upset this state of affairs and embroil the powers, so as to make himself securely master of part of their states.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • The only thing worthwhile about practice was that I got to see Rina, who was currently embroiled in one of her trademark mucky love triangles.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • His leadership qualities stayed with him as he participated in San Gabriel High School’s MASO club at the same time I was embroiled in ToHMAS.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • The Masonic organization, and especially Peter Solomon, would find themselves embroiled in a firestorm of controversy and a desperate effort at damage control …. even though the ritual was innocuous and purely symbolic.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Everyone seems to know everyone else, embroiled in conversations that are impossible to join.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • Why was I bringing my daughter to a land that was embroiled in a bitter war with Iraq?
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • I’d sworn to the gods from the king’s prison that I wasn’t going to embroil myself in any more stupid plans.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
  • As a result of his embroilment in the petition campaign, he was expelled from the university.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • However, I got so embroiled in some messy proceedings relating to a large estate that her birthday arrived before I could make the arrangements.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Wedding
  • They told me there were eight of them assembled at a tavern just by; that they were determin’d to come and vote with us if there should be occasion, which they hop’d would not be the case, and desir’d we would not call for their assistance if we could do without it, as their voting for such a measure might embroil them with their elders and friends.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • ’If I were going to remain here, I might think it worth my while to embroil myself.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Sectionalism, logrolling and a series of near-fanatical movements—of which the "free silver" movement that embroiled Lamar was only the beginning—plagued Senate deliberations on domestic economic issues.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Besides, the old fellow had entered so heartily into the ancient feud with Prince Beelzebub that he would have been perpetually at blows or ill language with some of the prince’s subjects, and thus have embroiled us anew.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Celestial Railroad
  • For years after Lydgate remembered the impression produced in him by this involuntary appeal—this cry from soul to soul, without other consciousness than their moving with kindred natures in the same embroiled medium, the same troublous fitfully illuminated life.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • So we at least thought; as for my uncle, his fatal readiness to pay pretty widows (who had perhaps never been married) and countesses (whose high-sounding titles were probably no more than noms de guerre) the compliment of presenting them to my grandmother or even of presenting to them some of our family jewels, had already embroiled him more than once with my grandfather.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • He became embroiled in more than two dozen lawsuits.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Like myself, the people of this region never expected to be embroiled in an international, interstellar. controversy.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Booth’s bullet, indeed, saved him from something worse than embroilment with the radicals over Reconstruc-tion.
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth
  • Venerable trapper, our communications have a recent origin, or thy interrogatory might have a tendency to embroil us in angry disputation.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • When Wolford jumped to the Colts, Polian was working in the league office and found himself embroiled in the discussions over the disturbing new contract.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • The citizens of foreign nations might also suffer, discrediting and embroiling the Union by the indiscretion of a single State could discredit the entire Union.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • The threat of embroilment in the European war continued, America at the "precipice," as Adams said, and still there was no word from John Jay in London.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • In a review of these transactions we may trace some of the causes which would be likely to embroil the States with each other, if it should be their unpropitious destiny to become disunited.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Thus, on the one hand, it is extremely difficult in democratic ages to draw nations into hostilities; but on the other hand, it is almost impossible that any two of them should go to war without embroiling the rest.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • But the township serves as a centre for the desire of public esteem, the want of exciting interests, and the taste for authority and popularity, in the midst of the ordinary relations of life; and the passions which commonly embroil society change their character when they find a vent so near the domestic hearth and the family circle.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • …no one had been able to enter the Great Sept of Baelor for days afterward; the Lady of the Eyrie had been murdered by a singer; Littlefinger ruled the Vale now, but Bronze Yohn Royce had sworn to bring him down; Balon Greyjoy had died as well, and his brothers were fighting for the Seastone Chair; Sandor Clegane had turned outlaw and was plundering and killing in the lands along the Trident; Myr and Lys and Tyrosh were embroiled in another war; a slave revolt was raging in the east.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • ) LE BRET: But why embroil yourself?
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
Search for samples from other sources:
(try right-click if popups are disabled)
Interest -- Source
General -- Google News®
General -- Time® Magazine
General -- Twitter®
Associated words [difficulty]:   embroil [4]
     If popups are enabled: Search in OneLook®   If Flash® is also enabled: Search in Visuwords®
Most commonly used in these subjects:   Business, Human Behavior, Sports
Home . . . enhancing vocabulary while reading