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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Definitions for foment

  1. To nurse to life or activity; to incite; to abet; to instigate; -- often in a bad sense.
  2. Fomentation; the act of fomenting.
  3. State of excitation.

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Citations for foment
Cynical politicians may even foment conflicts among groups to advance their own power. Martha Minow, Not Only for Myself
Here, over many cups of coffee and other brews, John Adams, James Otis, and Paul Revere met to foment rebellion, prompting Daniel Webster to call it "the headquarters of the Revolution." Mark Pendergrast, Uncommon Grounds
Origin of foment
1350-1400
Foment is from Latin fomentum, "fomentation," from fovere, "to warm, to foster, to encourage."