verb (used with object)
Origin of foment
Examples from the Web for foment
Given all of this, Iran is apparently disinclined to foment a political rebellion against Maliki among the Shia.
They can exacerbate splits within a ruling leadership, foment popular unrest, or expedite a dwindling current account.
The Cubans claim Gross was a spy who was trying to foment revolution.Raul Castro Reaches Out to Obama, But Don’t Call It a Thaw|Eli Lake, Josh Rogin|December 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
We tried to foment one against Hamas after it won democratic elections among the Palestinians in 2006.
He advocates instead quiet support for Iranian opposition groups that could foment regime change.Israel’s Top Iran Expert: You Can’t Out-Negotiate the Mullahs|Dan Ephron|October 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
There is one thing that would ease the pain and heal the leg all the sooner, and that is plenty of hot water to foment the part.
The Civil Guard can keep us from rogues, but they foment dissensions and cause the ruin of the country.The Grandee|Armando Palacio Valds
He said that these counterfeits were being spent largely by Germans to foment Bolshevist propaganda.The Story of The American Legion|George Seay Wheat
You have excited this rebellious temper among your flocks, and now you foment it.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
They preach emigration, they send coin from the realm, they foment conspiracies against us from within and without.History of the Girondists, Volume I|Alphonse de Lamartine
Word Origin for foment
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.