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foment

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verb fo·ment \ˈfō-ˌment, fō-ˈ\

Simple Definition of foment

  • : to cause or try to cause the growth or development of (something bad or harmful)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of foment

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to promote the growth or development of :  rouse, incite <foment a rebellion>

fomenter

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Examples of foment in a sentence

  1. He was accused of fomenting violence.

  2. <John Adams's wife, Abigail, told him that if women were not remembered by the new American government, they would foment a Rebellion and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice or Representation.>



Did You Know?

If you had sore muscles in the 1600s, your doctor might have advised you to foment the injury, perhaps with heated lotions or warm wax. Does this sound like an odd prescription? Not if you know that "foment" traces to the Latin verb fovēre, which means "to heat." The earliest documented English uses of "foment" appear in medical texts offering advice on how to soothe various aches and pains by the application of moist heat. But the idea of applying heat can also be a metaphor for stimulating or rousing to action. Within 50 years of its English debut, "foment" was also being used in political contexts to mean "to stir up," "to call to action," or, in a sense at least figuratively opposite to its original one, "to irritate."

Origin and Etymology of foment

Middle English, to apply a warm substance to, from Late Latin fomentare, from Latin fomentum compress, from fovēre to heat, soothe; akin to Lithuanian degti to burn, Sanskrit dahati it burns


First Known Use: circa 1613

Synonym Discussion of foment

incite, instigate, abet, foment mean to spur to action. incite stresses a stirring up and urging on, and may or may not imply initiating <inciting a riot>. instigate definitely implies responsibility for initiating another's action and often connotes underhandedness or evil intention <instigated a conspiracy>. abet implies both assisting and encouraging <aiding and abetting the enemy>. foment implies persistence in goading <fomenting rebellion>.

Medical Dictionary

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foment

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noun fo·ment \ˈfō-ˌment\

Medical Definition of foment




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foment

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transitive verb fo·ment \fō-ˈment\

Medical Definition of foment

  1. :  to treat with moist heat (as for easing pain)





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