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Examples of foment in a Sentence
He was accused of fomenting violence.
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”.
Recent Examples of foment from the Web
Trump’s remarks came as his administration pressed European nations at a NATO summit to cut off all funding that Iran may use to foment instability in the Middle East and beyond.
The effort has flooded their respective home zones with anti-Kavanaugh advertisements intended to foment public pressure on the two lawmakers to vote against the nominee.
Matt’s bright idea is to foment a war between two rival Mexican drug cartels, at least one of which might have helped the terrorists.
Alec Ross From my standpoint, it’s being used in the same way in which Hutu radio was used to foment a genocide in Rwanda in the 1990s.
But at the moment, Driver is focusing on recording the discoveries before a hurricane that is fomenting along the U.S. east coast brings rain to the U.K., possibly breaking the heat wave and erasing traces of Wales’ ancient past.
Israel and the United States have accused Hamas of fomenting the protests as a guise to invade Israeli territory and kill civilians.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban accused George Soros, the Jewish billionaire philanthropist who survived Nazi persecution, of fomenting anti-Semitism by helping immigrants come to Europe, MTI state news service reported.
This is just the latest issue to foment division between the company and some of its 78,000 employees.
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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
set in motion;
Synonym Discussion of foment
- inciting a riot
- instigated a conspiracy
- aiding and abetting the enemy
- fomenting rebellion
FOMENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of foment for English Language Learners
: to cause or try to cause the growth or development of (something bad or harmful)
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