Definition of Foment

1. Verb. Try to stir up public opinion.

Exact synonyms: Agitate, Stir Up
Generic synonyms: Provoke, Stimulate
Specialized synonyms: Rumpus
Derivative terms: Agitator, Fomentation, Fomenter

2. Verb. Bathe with warm water or medicated lotions. "His legs should be fomented"
Generic synonyms: Bath, Bathe
Derivative terms: Fomentation

Definition of Foment

1. v. t. To apply a warm lotion to; to bathe with a cloth or sponge wet with warm water or medicated liquid.

2. n. Fomentation.

Definition of Foment

1. Verb. To incite or cause troublesome acts; to encourage; to instigate. ¹

2. Verb. (medicine) To apply a poultice to; to bathe with a cloth or sponge. ¹

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Definition of Foment

1. to promote the development of [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Foment

1. 1. To apply a warm lotion to; to bathe with a cloth or sponge wet with warm water or medicated liquid. 2. To cherish with heat; to foster. "Which these soft fires . . . Foment and warm." (Milton) 3. To nurse to life or activity; to cherish and promote by excitements; to encourage; to abet; to instigate; used often in a bad sense; as, to foment ill humors. " But quench the choler you foment in vain." (Dryden) " Exciting and fomenting a religious rebellion." (Southey) Origin: F. Fomenter, fr. L. Fomentare, fr. Fomentum (for fovimentum) a warm application or lotion, fr. Fovere to warm or keep warm; perh. Akin to Gr. To roast, and E. Bake. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Foment

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folylpoly-alpha-glutamate synthetase
folylpolyglutamate synthetase
foment (current term)
fonazine mesylate

Literary usage of Foment

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1. An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language ...: To which is by John Jamieson (1880)
"It is/ere- ntan ; and this does not signify opposite to, but penes, prope, almost, • near, nigh ; Somner. foment, 4c., are evidently from A.-S. /oran, ..."

2. The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England by Edward Hyde Clarendon (1839)
"... appearing in the beginning of these distractions with a petition to the house of commons, to foment the divisions, with acceptance and approbation, ..."

3. The Revolutionary Diplomatic Correspondence of the United States by United States Dept. of State, Francis Wharton, John Bassett Moore (1889)
"... for the belligerent nations, they make it too much the interest of neutral neighbors to foment wars and obstruct peace that such profits may continue. ..."

4. Thirty Years of Labor. 1859-1889: In which the History of the Attempts to by Terence Vincent Powderly (1889)
"... and social problems discussed—Politics objected to—The Civil War—Convention of workingmen to express disapproval at attempts to foment sectional ..."

5. History of the Life and Times of James Madison by William Cabell Rives (1868)
"... of the Treasury — The Effect of his Measures to foment Insurrection— Proceedings of Insurgents — President reluctantly issues his Proclamation, ..."

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