- 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 of fomentMiddle 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
transitive verbfo·ment·ed, fo·ment·ing, fo·ments
- To arouse or incite (trouble, for example).
- To treat (the skin, for example) by fomentation.
Origin of fomentMiddle English fomenten, to apply warm liquids to the skin, from Old French fomenter, from Late Latin f&omacron;mentare, from Latin f&omacron;mentum, poultice, from fov&emacron;re, to warm; see dhegwh- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present foments, present participle fomenting, simple past and past participle fomented)