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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
Indeed, the British fomented racial discord as a means of maintaining control.
And a brewing fight over immigration could foment angst within the House GOP, leading to unpredictable outcomes.
Meanwhile, a key ally is playing a balancing act, trying to hide his own powers and foment a revolution.
The Trump team's strategy on the special counsel's Russia investigation is to foment chaos, throw things at the wall, and worry about the facts later — or not at all.
But as the Times points out, Facebook’s core structure – including an algorithm that prioritizes content that gets the most engagement – may help foment outrage and tribalism.
Two of the biggest national security concerns Schieffer sees for this and future administrations are the U.S. relationship with China, and Russia’s use of the internet to foment unrest between groups of American citizens.
There’s some stealing and double-crossing and whiffs of a fomenting Rebellion, but for the most part, this is a movie about stealing some stuff.
And that has fomented some pretty deep anti-American feelings.
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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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