Definition of broil :
1. A tumult; a noisy quarrel; a disturbance; a brawl; contention; discord, either between individuals or in the state.
2. To be subjected to the action of heat, as meat over the fire; to be greatly heated, or to be made uncomfortable with heat.
3. To cook by direct exposure to heat over a fire, esp. upon a gridiron over coals.
4. To subject to great ( commonly direct) heat.
contention, contest, strife, donnybrook, dissension, fray, animosity, hostility, melee, oven broil, hot, quarrel, dispute, grilling, rough-and-tumble, enmity, brown, controversy, ruckus, broiling, baste, boil down, charbroil, ruction, affray, free-for-all, bitterness
conflict (part of speech: verb)
violence (part of speech: noun)
ferocity, insurrection, brutality, vandalism, commotion, frenzy, atrocity, outrage, brawl, wildness, abuse, fracas, attack, barbarity, vehemence, thuggery, fierceness, violence, inhumanity, savagery, fight, terrorism, fury, assault, destructiveness, brutishness, torture, turmoil, rage, intensity, uproar
heat (part of speech: verb)
- A while after, take a good lump of Houshold- bread, bigger than your fist, crust and crum, broil it upon a Gridiron, that it be throughly rosted; scrape off the black burning on the on side; then soak it throughly in Vinegar, and put this lump of tost into your possnet to stew with it; which you take out and throw away after a while. - "The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened", Kenelm Digby.
- The weather was hot enough to broil an inhabitant of Bengal; and the odours, exhaling from every quarter, sufficiently powerful to regale the nose of a Hottentot. - "Dreams, Waking Thoughts, and Incidents", William Beckford.
- He then took a small gridiron, such as is used to broil meat upon, and, having almost heated it red hot, placed it erect upon the ground, before the cage in which the bird was confined. - "The History of Sandford and Merton", Thomas Day.