foment

[foh-ment]
verb (used with object)
1.
to instigate or foster (discord, rebellion, etc.); promote the growth or development of: to foment trouble; to foment discontent.
2.
to apply warm water or medicated liquid, ointments, etc., to (the surface of the body).

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English fomenten < Late Latin fōmentāre, verbal derivative of Latin fōmentum soothing application, poultice, contraction of *fōvimentum, equivalent to fōv(ēre) to keep warm + -i- -i- + -mentum -ment

fomenter, noun
unfomented, adjective

ferment, foment.


1. incite, provoke, arouse, inflame, excite, stir up; encourage, stimulate.
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foment (fəˈmɛnt)
 
vb
1.  to encourage or instigate (trouble, discord, etc); stir up
2.  med to apply heat and moisture to (a part of the body) to relieve pain and inflammation
 
[C15: from Late Latin fōmentāre, from Latin fōmentum a poultice, ultimately from fovēre to foster]
 
usage  Both foment and ferment can be used to talk about stirring up trouble: he was accused of fomenting/fermenting unrest. Only ferment can be used intransitively or as a noun: his anger continued to ferment (not foment); rural areas were unaffected by the ferment in the cities
 
fomentation
 
n
 
fo'menter
 
n

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foment
c.1400 (implied in fomentation), from M.Fr. fomenter, from L.L. fomentare, from L. fomentum "warm application, poultice," from fovere "to warm, cherish, encourage." Extended sense of "stimulate, instigate" (1620s) was in the French. Related: Fomented; fomenting.
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Example sentences
There are other demagogues there now who have and continue to foment war.
Moreover, critics say that the army has historically done little but brutalise
  its own citizenry and foment instability.
To foment revolution, with a drip-drip of snarky stories about corruption.
They are trying to foment a revolution, and they don't feel guilty about that,
  not one bit.
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