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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
This replicated the efforts found on Twitter and Facebook to foment societal division with hot-button topics.
As the Daily Beast explained, the Kremlin was able to weaponize Facebook's automated ad system to spread fake stories about Pope Francis endorsing Donald Trump, and foment agitation about racial issues or Texas secession.
Square footage prices years ago got scary in New York City, helping to foment an exodus of talented young chefs.
The specious belief that DNA can bestow tribal identity, as sold by companies such as Accu-Metrics, can only foment further animosity—and suspicion—toward scientists.
Suspense, Keep You in (v.) — a ploy to undermine the democratic process and, moving forward, possibly foment a coup.
The chief of the Catalan police force, Josep Lluís Trapero, was called to Madrid this week to answer accusations of sedition, or fomenting a rebellion against the state, a crime that carries a maximum 15-year prison sentence.
Though foreign agents used U.S. social networks differently, Russian interference on Twitter appears to reflect similar tactics on Facebook, exposing underlying partisan divides and fomenting discord by aggravating those fault lines.
The early 1970s were tumultuous times with fomenting anti-Vietnam war, civil rights, gay rights and women's movements.
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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
Synonymsabet, brew, ferment, incite, instigate, pick, provoke, raise, stir (up), whip (up)
Related Wordsadvance, cultivate, encourage, forward, foster, further, nourish, nurture, promote, sow, stimulate; detonate, set, set off, trigger; excite, galvanize, inflame (also enflame), inspire, motivate, rouse; activate, energize, enliven, fire, invigorate, jazz (up), liven (up), pep (up), quicken, stimulate, vitalize
Near Antonymsbridle, check, constrain, curb, discourage, hold, inhibit, regulate, rein (in), restrain, tame; allay, calm, quiet, settle, soothe, still, subdue, tranquilize (also tranquillize)
Synonym Discussion of foment
- inciting a riot
- instigated a conspiracy
- aiding and abetting the enemy
- fomenting rebellion
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