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They plotting to foment another Shia uprising.
  to stir up trouble or rebellion
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foment fomenting fomented foments fomenter fomentation
Strongly Associated with:   ferment, ferment
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  • They plotting to foment another Shia uprising.
  • He was accused of fomenting violence.
  • Partly because the military was fighting three different wars of conquest at the same time, and high taxes fomented rebellion in lands already inside the empire.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • There will be time enough for foment in the camp.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life

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  • This racism, and the hatred and fear it fomented, surely served as an accelerant for abuse of Allied prisoners.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • To distract the public from his misrule, he fomented ethnic rivalries and supported guerrilla movements in neighboring countries that killed countless civilians.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • It seems a clear attempt to foment discord among Downworlders.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • There are other liars, who are personal and malicious; who foment differences, and carry tales from one house to another, in order to gratify their own envious tempers, without any regard to reverence or truth.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Two days previously he had received news that his father, son, and sister had left for Moscow; and though there was nothing for him to do at Bald Hills, Prince Andrew with a characteristic desire to foment his own grief decided that he must ride there.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • While it lasts you have your chance to foment the problems in secret and render them chronic.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters

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  • These civil commotions were constantly fomented by the monarchs of Blefuscu; and when they were quelled, the exiles always fled for refuge to that empire.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • What had just passed; what Mrs. Reed had said concerning me to Mr. Brocklehurst; the whole tenor of their conversation, was recent, raw, and stinging in my mind; I had felt every word as acutely as I had heard it plainly, and a passion of resentment fomented now within me.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • He was a sneak and a thief, a mischief-maker, a fomenter of trouble; and irate squaws told him to his face, the while he eyed them alert and ready to dodge any quick-flung missile, that he was a wolf and worthless and bound to come to an evil end.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Also, some growers’ associations, threatened by the return of interned farmers, had been using the war as a way to foment hostile feelings in the major farming areas.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • The ability and willingness of local elites to organize and foment violence.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • After thoroughly examining her red and swollen eye, he prescribed a fomentation, which he made up himself at once, and tearing his handkerchief in pieces, he showed her how it ought to be applied.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • —I also have had my hours of vengeance—I have fomented the quarrels of our foes, and heated drunken revelry into murderous broil—I have seen their blood flow—I have heard their dying groans!
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • "I think not much," said Ram Chand, desirous of fomenting trouble.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • "apologist for murder" and "fomenter of lawlessness."
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • While white people in the periphery were arming themselves against the day when they would have to defend themselves from attack by blacks (and really believed someone was fomenting a racial war in which black people would rise up and attack them), black people mostly without arms huddled inside the ghettos feeling that they were surrounded by armed whites.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • Many of the incidents indicated to me that the police, rather than quelling violence, were fomenting it.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Apparently anxious to hush matters up, you secretly foment them.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • Mrs. Guppy, whose incessant smiling gave her quite a waggish appearance, did as her son requested and then sat down in a corner, holding her pocket handkerchief to her chest, like a fomentation, with both hands.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Suddenly the Communists found themselves in the extraordinary—critics said absurd—position of having to govern a people and foment revolution simultaneously.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • In Poland they support the party that insists on an agrarian revolution as the prime condition for national emancipation, that party which fomented the insurrection of Cracow in 1846.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • …and from land to land In order, though to nations yet unborn, Ministring light prepared, they set and rise; Lest total Darkness should by night regain Her old possession, and extinguish life In Nature and all things; which these soft fires Not only enlighten, but with kindly heat Of various influence foment and warm, Temper or nourish, or in part shed down Their stellar virtue on all kinds that grow On earth, made hereby apter to receive Perfection from the sun’s more potent ray.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • I then applied a fomentation to the part, which highly answered the intention; and after three or four times dressing, the wound began to discharge a thick pus or matter, by which means the cohesion—But perhaps I do not make myself perfectly well understood?
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • …of the Foretopman—for it was from the Master-at-arms that the petty persecutions heretofore adverted to had proceeded—the Corporal having naturally enough concluded that his master could have no love for the sailor, made it his business, faithful understrapper that he was, to foment the ill blood by perverting to his Chief certain innocent frolics of the goodnatured Foretopman, besides inventing for his mouth sundry contumelious epithets he claimed to have overheard him let fall.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Thanks to the generous assistance of the St. Petersburg climate, the malady progressed more rapidly than could have been expected: and when the doctor arrived, he found, on feeling the sick man’s pulse, that there was nothing to be done, except to prescribe a fomentation, so that the patient might not be left entirely without the beneficent aid of medicine; but at the same time, he predicted his end in thirty-six hours.
    Nikolai Gogol  --  The Overcoat
  • Mom is fomenting her own brand of anarchy closer to home.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • Defying those with rumors to foment, He wants us together at every moment.
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • The older man was accused of fomenting rebellion and spying for the dragon queen.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • They were speaking treason, fomenting war ….
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • The brainchild of JFK, Mongoose involved inserting teams of Cuban exiles into Cuba to foment rebellion against Castro.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection.
    George Washington  --  Washington’s Farewell Address
  • The leech, unknowing of superior art Which aids the cure, with this foments the part; And in a moment ceas’d the raging smart.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • [His] obstinacy…. will cause him to foment a thousand unfortunate incidents ….
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.
    Abigail Adams  --  Remember the Ladies
  • …Richmond was a proud city and perhaps more distinctly American than even Washington, D.C. It could even be said that the United States of America was born in Richmond, for it was there, in 1775, in Richmond’s St. John’s Episcopal Church, that Patrick Henry looked out on a congregation that included George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and delivered the famous "Give me liberty or give me death" speech, which fomented American rebellion, the Revolutionary War, and independence itself.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • What wars could they foment?
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • [He] has a rigidity, an arrogance, and an obstinacy that will cause him to foment a thousand unfortunate incidents ….
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Be mistress, and your full desires obtain; But quench the choler you foment in vain.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • Both felt this so strongly that the outward and terrible side of death did not affect them and they did not feel it necessary to foment their grief.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Nor fails the goddess to foment the rage With lying wonders, and a false presage; But adds a sign, which, present to their eyes, Inspires new courage, and a glad surprise.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • Adam, thou knowest Heaven his, and all the Earth; Not this rock only; his Omnipresence fills Land, sea, and air, and every kind that lives, Fomented by his virtual power and warmed: All the earth he gave thee to possess and rule, No despicable gift; surmise not then His presence to these narrow bounds confined Of Paradise, or Eden: this had been Perhaps thy capital seat, from whence had spread All generations; and had hither come From all the ends of the earth, to celebrate And…
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • …the graceful locks Of these fair spreading trees; which bids us seek Some better shroud, some better warmth to cherish Our limbs benummed, ere this diurnal star Leave cold the night, how we his gathered beams Reflected may with matter sere foment; Or, by collision of two bodies, grind The air attrite to fire; as late the clouds Justling, or pushed with winds, rude in their shock, Tine the slant lightning; whose thwart flame, driven down Kindles the gummy bark of fir or pine; And sends…
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • "You foment class hatred," I said.
    London, Jack  --  The Iron Heel
  • The rise of monarchs in Europe fomented exploration of the New World.
  • He worked tirelessly to foment understanding in a diverse community.
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