Definition of fomentation in English:


Syllabification: fo·men·ta·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌfōmenˈtāSHən, -mən-


1The action of instigating or stirring up undesirable sentiment or actions.
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  • In his memoirs, Joseph Holt recalled the fomentation of what was to become the Castle Hill rebellion.
  • More than any military operation, this kind of power projection works against the fomentation of militant hatred towards them.
  • The reasons for the fomentation of militancy have been spectacularly perpetuated by your very own government.
2 archaic A poultice.
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  • Peat baths and peat fomentations have been used since the beginning of time to alleviate pain and disease.
  • Hot fomentations would give great relief, but did not give sufficient rest to the joint to permit of a cure.
  • There is an art to folding and making fomentations work right.


late Middle English: from late Latin fomentatio(n-), from the verb fomentare (see foment).

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