fomentfoment | meaning of foment in Collins Dictionariesfoment meaning, definition, what is foment: to encourage or instigate (trouble, discord, etc); stir up: Learn more.to encourage or instigate (trouble, discord, etc); stir upWhat does foment mean and how do you use foment in a sentence?[URL]/foment
Collins English Dictionary
verb(transitive)1. to encourage or instigate (trouble, discord, etc); stir up2. medicineto apply heat and moisture to (a part of the body) to relieve pain and inflammation▶ 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
C15: from Late Latin fōmentāre, from Latin fōmentum a poultice, ultimately from fovēre to foster
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verbIf someone or something foments trouble or violent opposition, they cause it to develop. [formal] [V n] ⇒ They accused strike leaders of fomenting violence.
Example sentences containing 'foment'
By the time recreation was under way, the task would be to foment rumour and excitement, but still with nothing concrete being said.Kippax, Frank THE SCAR`Contrary to what those chaps believe," he said, `we are going in to prevent trouble, or contain it, not foment it.Kippax, Frank THE SCARBut this was not the moment to foment a breach with one of the men who were, at least in theory, his masters.Robert Silverberg KING OF DREAMS