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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.]

fo·ment′er n.
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Noun1.fomenter - one who agitatesfomenter - one who agitates; a political troublemaker
bad hat, mischief-maker, trouble maker, troublemaker, troubler - someone who deliberately stirs up trouble


One who agitates, especially politically:
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He was a sneak and a thief, a mischief-maker, a fomenter of trouble; and irate squaws told him to his face, the while he eyed them alert and ready to dodge any quick-flung missile, that he was a wolf and worthless and bound to come to an evil end.
And there were editorials written in which he was called an enemy of society, possessed of the manners and culture of a caveman, a fomenter of wasteful business troubles, the destroyer of the city's prosperity in commerce and trade, an anarchist of dire menace; and one editorial gravely recommended that hanging would be a lesson to him and his ilk, and concluded with the fervent hope that some day his big motor-car would smash up and smash him with it.
Mademoiselle Cormon, feeling the necessity of maintaining it against her own ducks, attempted to defend du Bousquier, who was being represented as a pernicious fomenter of intrigues, capable of any trickery.
Ainsi, le gouvernement polonais cherche a mettre definitivement un terme au pouvoir d'une partie des anciennes elites [beaucoup moins que] communistes [beaucoup plus grand que] qui sont parvenues a maintenir des positions politiques et economiques et a fomenter [beaucoup moins que]une seconde revolution[beaucoup plus grand que] -- apres celle de 1989 -- qui reposerait, cette fois-ci, sur des bases conservatrices.
Ils auront trop peur, au moins, de voir se fomenter une greve chez eux et meme de se voir ejecter.
Le Soudan du Sud, devenu independant en juillet 2011, mais une guerre civile a eclate lorsque le president Kiir a accuse son vice-president, Riek Machar, de fomenter un coup d'Etat.
El Congreso recibio una ley para fomenter la industria mecanizada.
Dans les cas les plus extremes, la transition peut fomenter des violences ou une guerre civile.
C'est une admirable invention que l'usage non interrompu des chaines pour perpetuer la fureur des maniaques avec leur etat de detention, pour suppleer au defaut de zele d'un surveillant peu eclaire, pour entretenir dans le coeur des alienes une exasperation constante avec un desir concentre de se venger, et pour fomenter dans les hospices le vacarme et le tumulte.
Ja a OLEOPLAN procurou apoio no campus Cachoeira do Sul do Instituto Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (IFERS) para suprir a carencia de mao de obra e fomenter a pesquisa voltada ao biodiesel.
Once Hamza had been extradited, it took the US just weeks to achieve what British intelligence, the police, courts and various Home Secretaries had failed to do in 15 years, and put this fomenter of terrorism behind bars for good.
She called the United States the greatest fomenter of terrorism, citing US use of drone aircraft, support for the Mojahedine Khalq and "turning a blind eye" to Israeli attacks on Palestinians.