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Meaning of FOMENT

Pronunciation:  fow'ment

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  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
 
 Definition: 
  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.
    bake.]
    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.
                                                   --Milton.
    
    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.
                                                   --Southey.
    
    
  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
                                                   Ralph.
    
    
 
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