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Definition to stir up trouble or rebellion

On rare occasions, you may encounter foment used in its archaic sense:  "to bathe with warm water or medicated lotions."
  • They plotting to foment another Shia uprising.
  • He was accused of fomenting violence.
  • "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.
  • Saddamists and former regime loyalists harbor dreams of reestablishing a Ba'athist dictatorship and have played a lead role in fomenting wider sentiment against the Iraqi government and the Coalition.
    National Security Council  --  National Strategy for Victory in Iraq, 2005
  • The maid had entered with us, and began once more to foment the bruise upon her mistress's brow.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  The Return of Sherlock Holmes
  • Has the U.N. eliminated funding for ... the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, which fomented anti-Semitism and the demonization of Israel?
    Newt Gingrich  --  The Current State of UN Reform  --,filter.all/pub_detail.asp (retrieved 06/29/06)
  • 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
  • Many of the incidents indicated to me that the police, rather than quelling violence, were fomenting it.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • While it lasts you have your chance to foment the problems in secret and render them chronic.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • The ability and willingness of local elites to organize and foment violence.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • 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
  • This racism, and the hatred and fear it fomented, surely served as an accelerant for abuse of Allied prisoners.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • There will be time enough for foment in the camp.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • 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 seems a clear attempt to foment discord among Downworlders.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • The older man was accused of fomenting rebellion and spying for the dragon queen.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • [His] obstinacy.... will cause him to foment a thousand unfortunate incidents ....
    David McCullough  --  John Adams

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