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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Foment  \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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  foment 
  v  :  try  to  stir  up  public  opinion  [syn:  {agitate},  {stir  up}] 




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