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fo·ment

 (fō-mĕnt′)
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.

foment

(fəˈmɛnt)
vb (tr)
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]
fomentation n
foˈmenter 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

fo•ment

(foʊˈmɛnt)

v.t.
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]
fo•ment′er, n.

foment


Past participle: fomented
Gerund: fomenting

Imperative
foment
foment
Present
I foment
you foment
he/she/it foments
we foment
you foment
they foment
Preterite
I fomented
you fomented
he/she/it fomented
we fomented
you fomented
they fomented
Present Continuous
I am fomenting
you are fomenting
he/she/it is fomenting
we are fomenting
you are fomenting
they are fomenting
Present Perfect
I have fomented
you have fomented
he/she/it has fomented
we have fomented
you have fomented
they have fomented
Past Continuous
I was fomenting
you were fomenting
he/she/it was fomenting
we were fomenting
you were fomenting
they were fomenting
Past Perfect
I had fomented
you had fomented
he/she/it had fomented
we had fomented
you had fomented
they had fomented
Future
I will foment
you will foment
he/she/it will foment
we will foment
you will foment
they will foment
Future Perfect
I will have fomented
you will have fomented
he/she/it will have fomented
we will have fomented
you will have fomented
they will have fomented
Future Continuous
I will be fomenting
you will be fomenting
he/she/it will be fomenting
we will be fomenting
you will be fomenting
they will be fomenting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been fomenting
you have been fomenting
he/she/it has been fomenting
we have been fomenting
you have been fomenting
they have been fomenting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been fomenting
you will have been fomenting
he/she/it will have been fomenting
we will have been fomenting
you will have been fomenting
they will have been fomenting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been fomenting
you had been fomenting
he/she/it had been fomenting
we had been fomenting
you had been fomenting
they had been fomenting
Conditional
I would foment
you would foment
he/she/it would foment
we would foment
you would foment
they would foment
Past Conditional
I would have fomented
you would have fomented
he/she/it would have fomented
we would have fomented
you would have fomented
they would have fomented
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.foment - try to stir up public opinionfoment - try to stir up public opinion  
provoke, stimulate - provide the needed stimulus for
rumpus - cause a disturbance
2.foment - bathe with warm water or medicated lotions; "His legs should be fomented"
bath, bathe - clean one's body by immersion into water; "The child should bathe every day"

foment

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

verb
Translations

foment

[fəʊˈment] VT (frm) (also Med) → fomentar; [+ revolt, violence] → provocar, instigar a

foment

[fəʊˈmɛnt] vt [+ trouble, violence] → fomenter

foment

vt trouble, discordschüren; (Med) → mit feuchten Umschlägen behandeln

foment

[fəˈmɛnt] vt (frm) (trouble, discord, revolution) → fomentare (Med) → applicare impacchi caldi
References in classic literature ?
Joan had her own ointments along, and she prefaced their application by fomenting his swollen features with hot cloths.
inexpressibly terrifying to gory tyrants suspected of fomenting law
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FO Spokesman Qazi Khalilullah during a news briefing in Islamabad today said that in case of India, the international community is aware that state actors have been involved in destabilising and fomenting terrorism in neighbouring countries including Pakistan.
When his attention was drawn towards statement of an Afghan national living in New Delhi regarding Balochistan, the Spokesman said Pakistan has given three dossiers to the UN Secretary-General with evidence of India's involvement in Balochistan and Karachi and fomenting terrorism by supporting TTP.
Lalu says RSS & BJP are fomenting trouble for electoral gains
We now have an economy organised to ensure the proceeds of growth are unfairly shared, favouring the few over the many, depressing wages, eroding workers' rights and fomenting anxiety.
An police inquiry has revealed that a group of saboteurs plotted to set up a terror group with the aim of targeting policemen's lives, subverting Bahrain's internal security and stability and fomenting riots.
They were also involved in fomenting riot attacks on the station with firebombs with the intent of luring security forces and ambushing them, a scenario which left an on-duty policeman dead due to the terror blast.
Ukraine and the West have accused Moscow of fomenting the unrest, but it has denied the claim.
The fact that he is simply stating the blindingly obvious has not stopped a bunch of bien pensants from the left-wing metropolitan elite from claiming, in a letter to a newspaper, that he is fomenting divisions in this country.
THE ECHO appears to support the fomenting of civil unrest and disorder on our streets by printing rabble-rousing letters, one of which on Tuesday was headed by your staff 'Time to rise up'.