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tr.v. fo·ment·ed, fo·ment·ing, fo·ments
1. To arouse or incite (trouble, for example).
2. To treat (the skin, for example) by fomentation.
[Middle English fomenten, to apply warm liquids to the skin, from Old French fomenter, from Late Latin fōmentāre, from Latin fōmentum, poultice, from fovēre, to warm; see dhegwh- in Indo-European roots.]
1. to encourage or instigate (trouble, discord, etc); stir up
2. (Medicine) med to apply heat and moisture to (a part of the body) to relieve pain and inflammation
[C15: from Late Latin fōmentāre, from Latin fōmentum a poultice, ultimately from fovēre to foster]
Usage: Both foment and ferment can be used to talk about stirring up trouble: he was accused of fomenting/fermenting unrest. Only ferment can be used intransitively or as a noun: his anger continued to ferment (not foment); rural areas were unaffected by the ferment in the cities
1. to instigate or foster (discord, rebellion, etc.); promote the growth or development of: to foment trouble.
2. to apply warm water or medicated liquid, ointments, etc., to (the surface of the body).
[1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin, v. derivative of Latin fōmentum soothing application]
Past participle: fomented
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|Verb||1.||foment - try to stir up public opinion |
rumpus - cause a disturbance
|2.||foment - bathe with warm water or medicated lotions; "His legs should be fomented"|
verb stir up, raise, encourage, promote, excite, spur, foster, stimulate, provoke, brew, arouse, rouse, agitate, quicken, incite, instigate, whip up, goad, abet, sow the seeds of, fan the flames They accused strike leaders of fomenting violence.
Usage: Both foment and ferment can be used to talk about stirring up trouble: he was accused of fomenting/fermenting unrest. Only ferment can be used intransitively or as a noun: his anger continued to ferment (not foment); rural areas were unaffected by the ferment in the cities.