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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
[from Late Latin fōmentāre, from Latin fōmentum a poultice, ultimately from fovēre to foster]
fomentation [ˌfəʊmɛnˈteɪʃən] n
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]
Thesaurus Legend: Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
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.
foment [fəʊˈmɛnt] vt [+ trouble, violence] → fomenter
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Anti-Imperialist International Brigade
Hunt and his associates to the perfidious instigations of Rose the interpreter, whom they suspected of the desire to foment ill-will between them and the savages, for the promotion of his nefarious plans.
Two days previously he had received news that his father, son, and sister had left for Moscow; and though there was nothing for him to do at Bald Hills, Prince Andrew with a characteristic desire to foment his own grief decided that he must ride there.
Now really, to foment his disturbances in secret, through the medium of such a very apt instrument as my savage friend here, may further our real ends; and to express at all becoming seasons, in moderate and polite terms, a disapprobation of his proceedings, though we agree with him in principle, will certainly be to gain a character for honesty and uprightness of purpose, which cannot fail to do us infinite service, and to raise us into some importance.
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