Foment
Foment Fo*ment", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fomented}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fomenting}.] [F. fomenter, fr. L. fomentare, fr. fomentum (for fovimentum) a warm application or lotion, fr. fovere to warm or keep warm; perh. akin to Gr. ? to roast, and E. bake.] 1. To apply a warm lotion to; to bathe with a cloth or sponge wet with warm water or medicated liquid. [1913 Webster]

2. To cherish with heat; to foster. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Which these soft fires . . . foment and warm. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. To nurse to life or activity; to cherish and promote by excitements; to encourage; to abet; to instigate; -- used often in a bad sense; as, to foment ill humors. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

But quench the choler you foment in vain. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Exciting and fomenting a religious rebellion. --Southey. [1913 Webster]


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  • Foment — Fo ment, n. 1. Fomentation. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 2. State of excitation; perh. confused with ferment. He came in no conciliatory mood, and the foment was kept up. Julian Ralph. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • foment — [fō ment′] vt. [ME fomenten < OFr fomenter < LL fomentare < L fomentum, poultice < fovere, to keep warm < IE * dhogwh < base * dhegwh , to burn > Sans dáhati, (it) burns, MIr daig, fire] 1. to treat with warm water, medicated …   English World dictionary

  • Fomēnt — (v. lat.), warmer Umschlag; daher Fomentiren warme Umschläge machen; Fomentation, so v.w. Bähung; Fomentativ, Bähung erzeugend …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Fomént — (Fomentation, lat.), warmer Umschlag (s. Bähung); fomentieren, bähen, warm halten …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Fomént — (lat.), warmer Umschlag; Fomentation, s.v.w. Bähung; fomentatīv, bähend, Bähung erzeugend; fomentieren, bähen, warmhalten …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Foment — Foment, lat. deutsch, warmer Umschlag; F.ation, Bähung; f.ativ, bähend; f.iren, bähen, warm umschlagen …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • foment — I verb abet, agitate, aid, arouse, awaken, call forth, encourage, engender, enkindle, excite, ferment, fire, foster, fovere, galvanize, goad, impassion, incite, infect, inflame, infuse life into, inspirit, instigate, kindle, promote, provoke,… …   Law dictionary

  • foment — (v.) early 15c., apply hot liquids, from O.Fr. fomenter (13c.) apply hot compress (to a wound), from L.L. fomentare, from L. fomentum warm application, poultice, contraction of *fovimentum, from fovere to warm; cherish, encourage (see FEVER (Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • foment — abet, *incite, instigate Analogous words: goad, spur (see corresponding nouns at MOTIVE): stimulate, quicken, excite, galvanize, *provoke: nurture, *nurse, foster, cultivate Antonyms: quell Contrasted words: *suppress, repress: check, curb, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • foment — [v] instigate, provoke abet, agitate, arouse, brew, cultivate, encourage, excite, fan the flames*, foster, goad, incite, nurse, nurture, promote, quicken, raise, set, set on, sow the seeds*, spur, start, stimulate, stir up, whip up*; concepts… …   New thesaurus

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