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foment

incite; instigate rebellion: to foment a riot.
Not to be confused with:
ferment – agitation; unrest; excitement: The city was in the grip of political ferment.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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"
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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.
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foment

verb
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Translations

foment

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

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

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

[fəˈmɛnt] vt (frm) (trouble, discord, revolution) → fomentare (Med) → applicare impacchi caldi
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References in classic literature ?
Joan had her own ointments along, and she prefaced their application by fomenting his swollen features with hot cloths.
The French revolution is of incalculable value to the Socialist of to-day; when he pulls the string actuating its bones its gestures are inexpressibly terrifying to gory tyrants suspected of fomenting law and order.
Summary: Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Dec 15 (ANI): The Bombay High Court on Saturday extended the interim bail relief to activists Gautam Navlakha and Anand Teltumbde, who were accused of fomenting violence in Bhima Koregaon that took place earlier this year.
He warned that the world arrogant powers are after fomenting insecurity and instability in the region, and said, "Their attempts are focused on distorting Islam's name with terrorist acts and create a wave of Islamophobia in the world."
In a statement posted on its website, the CPP also said Duterte was only fomenting 'further division and dissent' among key military and police officials,' in ordering Trillanes's arrest.
Some Iranian officials including Ayatollah Khamenei accuse foreigners and Iran's enemies of fomenting the unrest.
After more than a decade of fomenting suspicions about the voting process, Texas GOP leaders find themselves called upon to defend the overall integrity of a process that has delivered most of the political system to their party over the very same time period, write James Henson and Joshua Blank of the Texas Politics Project.
Earlier, India Today reported that Lashkar- e- Toiba chief Hafiz Saeed and Hizbul chief Salahuddin had joined hands to raise funds for fomenting trouble in the valley after the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani.
Summary: According to a recent report by the EIU, JordanEe's attempts to put the economy on a sounder footing are likely to be slowed by nervousness about fomenting public discontent and sluggish economic performance.
Mousawi quoted French press accusations leveled at what he termed as "Saudi fomenting of civil strife in Syria, Iraq and Yemen by arming, training and dispatching dangerous ISIL-NOSRA terrorists all over the World".
He indicated in particular at the recent GCC declaration, designating Hezbollah as a terrorist organization due its hostile acts, such as arms smuggling, fomenting seditions, violence incitement and flagrant breach of states' sovereignty.
Salman did not elaborate, but his remarks seemed aimed at Iran, which Riyadh accuses of destabilising Arab states and spreading sectarianism by backing militias in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen and fomenting unrest in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.