Foment



[foh-ment] /foʊˈmɛnt/

verb (used with object)
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 the body).
/fəˈmɛnt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to encourage or instigate (trouble, discord, etc); stir up
2.
(med) to apply heat and moisture to (a part of the body) to relieve pain and inflammation
v.

early 15c., “apply hot liquids,” from Old French fomenter (13c.) “apply hot compress (to a wound),” from Late Latin fomentare, from Latin fomentum “warm application, poultice,” contraction of *fovimentum, from fovere “to warm; cherish, encourage” (see fever). Extended sense of “stimulate, instigate” (1620s) was in the French. Related: Fomented; fomenting.

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