The Cubans claim Gross was a spy who was trying to foment revolution.
Given all of this, Iran is apparently disinclined to foment a political rebellion against Maliki among the Shia.
We tried to foment one against Hamas after it won democratic elections among the Palestinians in 2006.
early 15c., "apply hot liquids," from Old French fomenter (13c.) "apply hot compress (to a wound)," from Late Latin fomentare, from Latin fomentum "warm application, poultice," contraction of *fovimentum, from fovere "to warm; cherish, encourage" (see fever). Extended sense of "stimulate, instigate" (1620s) was in the French. Related: Fomented; fomenting.