Definition of foment in English:

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Pronunciation: /fə(ʊ)ˈmɛnt/


[with object]
1Instigate or stir up (an undesirable or violent sentiment or course of action): they accused him of fomenting political unrest
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  • The working class must reject all such attempts to foment nationalist sentiments in the name of defending the welfare state.
  • But by the same token, it's not a good thing for them to be fomenting world opinion against us either.
  • Most people can sense a ‘grand design’ to bring Indonesia to its knees by fomenting violence and unrest across the archipelago.
2 archaic Bathe (a part of the body) with warm or medicated lotions.
Example sentences
  • Foment the limb with cloths immersed in a strong decoction of hops, and repeat two or three times a day.
  • The ear may likewise be fomented with steams of warm water, or flannel bags filled with boiled mallows and camomile flowers may be applied to it warm.



Pronunciation: /fə(ʊ)ˈmɛntə/
Example sentences
  • And here are the American fomenters of disorder.
  • Crass never went about anything in an orthodox manner during their tenure as fomenters of dissent from 1977 to 1984.
  • On the other, they have seen them as fomenters of sectarian discord in what should be the united Arab nation.


Late Middle English (in sense 2): from French fomenter, from late Latin fomentare, from Latin fomentum 'poultice, lotion', from fovere 'to heat, cherish'.

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