embranglement


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em·bran·gle

 (ĕm-brăng′gəl)
tr.v. em·bran·gled, em·bran·gling, em·bran·gles
To entangle; embroil.

[en- + dialectal brangle, to shake, waver, confuse (variant of branle, brandle, from French branler, from Old French brandeler, perhaps from brand, sword; see brandish).]

em·bran′gle·ment n.
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embranglement

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The condition of being entangled or implicated:
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