fomentation

noun
fo·​men·​ta·​tion | \ ˌfō-mən-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce fomentation (audio) , -ˌmen- \

Definition of fomentation

1a : the application of hot moist substances to the body to ease pain
b : the material so applied
2 : the act of fomenting : instigation

Examples of fomentation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From deep state leaks to unmasking requests, the president and his allies don't quit with all these conspiracy theories, with all these ridiculous fomentations. Fox News, "Washington plays guessing game over New York Times op-ed," 7 Sep. 2018 From deep state leaks to unmasking requests, the president and his allies don't quit with all these conspiracy theories, with all these ridiculous fomentations. Fox News, "Washington plays guessing game over New York Times op-ed," 7 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of fomentation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Fomentation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fomentation. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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fomentation

noun
fo·​men·​ta·​tion | \ ˌfō-mən-ˈtā-shən, -ˌmen- How to pronounce fomentation (audio) \

Medical Definition of fomentation

1 : the application of hot moist substances to the body to ease pain
2 : the material applied in fomentation : poultice

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