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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
But that was hardly the only reason Trump moved decisively to crush the anti-establishment rebellion his former aide has been trying to foment within the GOP.
La Chinoise concerns a group of 20ish radicals who spend a summer in the apartment of one of the radical’s parents, debating how to foment revolution in French society.
Hygiene New York John Tierney cogently debunks the Chicken Little hysteria over e-cigarettes fomented by the Centers for Disease Control and similar earnest but misguided health organizations.
Our research so far has indicated that this may be part of a concerted national campaign to foment racial and political tension in our school and community.
The topic was a Turkish cleric living in the U.S., blamed by the Turkish government for fomenting a 2016 coup attempt.
Foremost, Putin saw democratic movements rising around the globe in recent years, as well as dissent within Russia, as being fomented by the U.S. according to experts interviewed by Frontline.
Today, the House Intelligence Committee finally, and officially, released some of the Facebook ads and the handles of several thousand fake Twitter accounts—all of which were designed to foment discord in the United States.
But Mr Putin changed the subject by annexing Crimea and fomenting a war in Ukraine in 2014.
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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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