- Foment is defined as to cause trouble, or to treat the skin with warm water or lotions.
- When you incite a riot by getting everyone made at the government, this is an example of when you foment.
- When you soak your hands in warm water and put lotion on them, this is an example of foment.
- to treat with warm water, medicated lotions, etc.
- to stir up (trouble); instigate; incite: to foment a riot
Origin: Middle English fomenten ; from Old French fomenter ; from Late Latin fomentare ; from Classical Latin fomentum, poultice ; from fovere, to keep warm ; from Indo-European an unverified form dhogwh- ; from base an unverified form dhegwh-, to burn from source Sanskrit dáhati, (it) burns, Middle Irish daig, fire
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transitive verb fo·ment·ed, fo·ment·ing, fo·ments
- To promote the growth of; incite.
- To treat (the skin, for example) by fomentation.
Origin: 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·mentˈer noun