Foment meaning

fō-mĕnt
To stir up (trouble); instigate; incite.

To foment a riot.

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To treat (the skin, for example) by fomentation.
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To treat with warm water, medicated lotions, etc.
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To arouse or incite.

Fomented trouble.

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To treat by fomentation.

Fomented the patient's skin.

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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.

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To arouse or incite (trouble, for example).
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To incite or cause troublesome acts; to encourage; to instigate.

He was arrested for fomenting a riot; after all, it's bad enough being in a riot but starting one is much worse.

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(medicine) To apply a poultice to; to bathe with a cloth or sponge.
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Origin of foment

  • 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 dhegwh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French fomenter, from Late Latin fomentare, from Latin fomentum (“lotion”), from fovere (“heat, cherish”).

    From Wiktionary