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foment

English

Etymology

From Old French fomenter, from Late Latin fomentare, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] fomentum (lotion), from fovere (heat, cherish).

Pronunciation

Homophones

  • ferment (in some dialects, unstressed)

Verb

Infinitive
to foment

Third person singular
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Simple past
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Past participle
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Present participle
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to foment (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  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.
  2. (medicine) To apply a poultice to; to bathe with a cloth or sponge.
    • 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.

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