Definition of foment in English:


Line breaks: fo¦ment
Pronunciation: /fə(ʊ)ˈmɛnt


[with object]
  • 2 archaic Bathe (a part of the body) with warm or medicated lotions.
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    • 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.



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  • 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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