• (RP) IPA: /fəʊˈmɛnt/
  • (America) IPA: /foʊˈmɛnt/, /fəˈmɛnt/

foment (foments, present participle fomenting; past and past participle fomented)

  1. 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.
    Foreign governments have tried to foment unrest.
  2. (medicine) To apply a poultice to; to bathe with a cloth or sponge.
    Synonyms: beath
    • 1904, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Abbey Grange, Norton (2005), page 1178,
      The maid had entered with us, and began once more to foment the bruise upon her mistress's brow.
Translations Translations
  • Russian: класть примо́чки и́ли припа́рки
  • Spanish: fomentar

foment (plural foments)

  1. Fomentation.
    • He came in no conciliatory mood, and the foment was kept up.

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