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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
Their aim is to not to convince but to foment cynicism, apathy and a sense that believing official accounts is for chumps.
Brunson is not the only American to be accused of working with Gulen’s movement to foment unrest in Turkey.
Tensions are also expected to rise in the coming weeks as the White House plans to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May, despite warnings from the Palestinians and Arab states that the shift could foment bloodshed.
The chaos in governance that the President is fomenting and his alpha male brand of leadership may also help explain his plummet among white female voters, who can be crucial in suburban areas.
As the Trump administration has been ratcheting up financial and individual sanctions on the South American country, Maduro routinely accuses the United States of fomenting coups and trying to topple his socialist administration.
Two years later, Kutepova was forced to flee Russia after state TV accused her of trying to exploit the nuclear issue to foment revolution.
Apparently the accused sought to foment division in American society largely through social media.
There have been mounting fears in the West that Russia is using Serbia to foment tensions in the Balkans by arming its ally with warplanes and tanks while working to destabilize neighboring Bosnia, Montenegro and Macedonia.
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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
First Known Use: circa 1613See Words from the same year
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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