foment

  • 1 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 …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 Fomēnt — (v. lat.), warmer Umschlag; daher Fomentiren warme Umschläge machen; Fomentation, so v.w. Bähung; Fomentativ, Bähung erzeugend …

    Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • 5 Fomént — (Fomentation, lat.), warmer Umschlag (s. Bähung); fomentieren, bähen, warm halten …

    Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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

    Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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

    Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 foment — ► VERB 1) instigate or stir up (revolution or strife). 2) archaic bathe (a part of the body) with warm or medicated lotions. DERIVATIVES fomentation noun. ORIGIN Latin fomentare, from fomentum poultice, lotion …

    English terms dictionary

  • 13 foment — ferment, foment 1. Ferment is pronounced with the stress on the first syllable as a noun and with the stress on the second syllable as a verb. 2. As verbs, ferment and foment are often confused because they are pronounced approximately the same… …

    Modern English usage

  • 14 foment — fomenter, n. /foh ment /, v.t. 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… …

    Universalium

  • 15 foment — UK [fəʊˈment] / US [foʊˈment] verb [transitive] Word forms foment : present tense I/you/we/they foment he/she/it foments present participle fomenting past tense fomented past participle fomented formal to encourage people to have angry feelings… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 foment — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, to apply a warm substance to, from Late Latin fomentare, from Latin fomentum compress, from fovēre to heat, soothe; akin to Lithuanian degti to burn, Sanskrit dahati it burns Date: circa 1613 to promote… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 foment — verb /fəʊˈmɛnt,foʊˈmɛnt,fəˈmɛnt/ a) To incite or cause troublesome acts; to encourage; to instigate. He was arrested for fomenting a riot; after all, its bad enough being in a riot but starting one is much worse. b) To apply a poultice to; to… …

    Wiktionary

  • 18 foment — See ferment. See ferment, foment …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 19 foment — verb Foment is used with these nouns as the object: ↑coup, ↑rebellion, ↑revolution, ↑strife, ↑unrest …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 20 foment — fo|ment [fəuˈment US fou ] v [Date: 1300 1400; : Late Latin; Origin: fomentare, from Latin fovere to make warm ] foment revolution/trouble/discord etc formal to cause trouble and make people start fighting each other or opposing the government =… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English