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Meaning of FOMENT

Pronunciation:  fow'ment

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  bathe with warm water or medicated lotions; "His legs should be fomented"
  2. [v]  try to stir up public opinion

FOMENT is a 6 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: agitate, stir up
 See Also: bath, bathe, provoke, rumpus, stimulate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
    1. To apply a warm lotion to; to bathe with a cloth or sponge
       wet with warm water or medicated liquid.
    2. To cherish with heat; to foster. [Obs.]
             Which these soft fires . . . foment and warm.
    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.
             But quench the choler you foment in vain. --Dryden.
             Exciting and fomenting a religious rebellion.
  2. \Fo"ment\, n.
    1. Fomentation.
    2. State of excitation; -- perh. confused with ferment.
             He came in no conciliatory mood, and the foment was
             kept up.                              --Julian
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