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foment

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v foment bathe with warm water or medicated lotions "His legs should be fomented"
    • v foment try to stir up public opinion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Foment Fomentation.
    • Foment State of excitation; -- perh. confused with ferment. "He came in no conciliatory mood, and the foment was kept up."
    • Foment To apply a warm lotion to; to bathe with a cloth or sponge wet with warm water or medicated liquid.
    • Foment To cherish with heat; to foster. "Which these soft fires . . . foment and warm."
    • Foment To nurse to life or activity; to cherish and promote by excitements; to encourage; to abet; to instigate; -- used often in a bad sense; as, to foment ill humors. "But quench the choler you foment in vain.""Exciting and fomenting a religious rebellion."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n foment A warm lotion; fomentation.
    • foment To apply warm lotions to; bathe with warm medicated liquids or warm water.
    • foment To cherish with heat; encourage or promote the growth of by or as if by heat.
    • foment To encourage; abet; instigate or promote by incitement: commonly used in a bad sense: as, to foment discord.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Foment fo-ment′ to bathe with warm water: to encourage: to instigate (usually to evil)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. fomenter, fr. L. fomentare, fr. fomentum,for fovimentum,) a warm application or lotion, fr. fovere, to warm or keep warm; perh. akin to Gr. to roast, and E. bake,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. fomentārefomentum for fovimentumfovēre, to warm.

Usage

In literature:

They bullied the guards, fought the passengers, and fomented discontent among the drivers.
"Nan of Music Mountain" by Frank H. Spearman
There is probably very little if any loss of nitrogen from evaporation of manure, unless it is put in piles so as to foment.
"Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 4, January 26, 1884" by Various
Directions were given to foment his feet frequently with vinegar and warm water.
"Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air" by Joseph Priestley
Among these were some who had played a conspicuous part in fomenting trouble.
"The 'Patriotes' of '37" by Alfred D. Decelles
Fomentations with warm water over the loins should be persisted in without intermission until relief has been secured.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
The doctor was doing his best with old-fashioned remedies, blisters, mustard baths, hot herb teas and fomentations.
"The Preacher of Cedar Mountain" by Ernest Thompson Seton
A great Robot named Migul seemed fomenting it.
"Astounding Stories, April, 1931" by Various
Attempt to foment strikes in factories engaged in the making of war materials (Rintelen, Lamar, Martin).
"My Three Years in America" by Johann Heinrich Andreas Hermann Albrecht Graf von Bernstorff
It was notorious that French agents were fomenting discontent in both Poland and Hungary.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
The Civil Guard can keep us from rogues, but they foment dissensions and cause the ruin of the country.
"The Grandee" by Armando Palacio Valdés
In Russia it is an old custom to foment and provoke minor insurrections.
"Violence and the Labor Movement" by Robert Hunter
When I went to foment his limbs, I could not find a morsel of flannel.
"A Week at Waterloo in 1815" by Magdalene De Lancey
Foment, 50, 203, 204.
"The Cathedrals of Northern Spain" by Charles Rudy
Doctor, or I shall give you lodgings in the Hildebrand as a malcontent and fomenter of discord; they are just now vacant.
"Specimens of German Romance" by Carl Franz van der Velde
A mere question of bandages and fomentation.
"A Veldt Official" by Bertram Mitford
I have gargled and fomented all morning, but it is too late.
"What a Man Wills" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
In the course of the negotiations the duke was informed of a fresh revolt of the Liegeois secretly fomented by Louis.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 8" by Various
There was no fun in measuring doses and making fomentations.
"Stories from Tagore" by Rabindranath Tagore
If the pain be severe, it can generally be relieved by fomentations.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 1" by Various
Leeches and fomentations may ease the pain, and iodide of potassium is the most useful medicine.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 2" by Various
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In poetry:

"But should the flame this rougher aid refuse,
And only gentler medicines be of use,
With full-blown cheeks she ends the doubtful strife,
Foments the infant flame, and puffs it into life.
"Colemira. A Culinary Eclogue" by William Shenstone
Singing light and gentle hands, and a nurse who understands
How to manage every sort of application,
From a poultice to a leech; whom you haven't got to teach
The way to make a poppy fomentation.
"Nightingale's Song to the Sick Soldier" by Anonymous British

In news:

Paul Kagame's critics say that he foments the war in Eastern Congo and suppresses opposition parties at home.
Arcata's Natural Splendor Fomented, Forwarded, Fretted Over – November 14, 2012.
But pushing homophobic laws that foment hate is.
A court in Kazakhstan has upheld the conviction of an opposition leader accused of fomenting unrest and mounting an attempt to overthrow the Central Asian nation's government.
An exclusive and unbiased investigation into the highly paid operative of a foreign-born tycoon, a man who reengineered political and media culture and fomented a revolt that threatens the very stability of our country.
What better time to foment revolution than now.
During those protests, Karimov deployed thousands of troops to crush a revolt in a border town in eastern Uzbekistan, saying it was fomented by Islamic terrorists.
The Los Angeles Times says recent graduates claim university officials fomented a hostile campus climate for Jewish students by failing to curb anti-Israel protests.
The Los Angeles Times (lat.ms/PXFtXq) recent graduates claim university officials fomented a hostile campus climate for Jewish students by failing to curb anti-Israel protests.
Enter Romy Portuondo Remior – born in Havana, raised in Miami since she was 5, and now a rising star in the Cuban-American community – who wants to foment an " Evolution, " one tweet and YouTube video at a time.
He even gets former Black Panther Bobby Rush to use the 'L' word - lynch - to further foment the problem.
Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi reiterated a call Tuesday for the lifting of sanctions against her impoverished country, and vowed to use her new parliamentary role to foment more change.
To improve operations, foment growth and keep management flat as the second-generation family business expands.
Fomenting class warfare by insisting that "wealthy" Americans do not pay their "fair share" of taxes.
Whether by opposing mosque construction, encouraging racial profiling, or fomenting anti-immigration sentiment, right-wing politicians are lining up to bash Muslims and prove their supposed patriotism before November.
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