from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To promote the growth of; incite.
- transitive v. To treat (the skin, for example) by fomentation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To incite or cause troublesome acts; to encourage; to instigate.
- v. To apply a poultice to; to bathe with a cloth or sponge.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To apply a warm lotion to; to bathe with a cloth or sponge wet with warm water or medicated liquid.
- transitive v. To cherish with heat; to foster.
- transitive v. To nurse to life or activity; to cherish and promote by excitements; to encourage; to abet; to instigate; -- used often in a bad sense.
- n. Fomentation.
- n. State of excitation; -- perh. confused with ferment.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A warm lotion; fomentation.
- To apply warm lotions to; bathe with warm medicated liquids or warm water.
- To cherish with heat; encourage or promote the growth of by or as if by heat.
- To encourage; abet; instigate or promote by incitement: commonly used in a bad sense: as, to foment discord.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. try to stir up public opinion
- v. bathe with warm water or medicated lotions
That money should have gone to build up schools and foment democracy (Sen. Obama: please do not use the word "foment" - I'm not sure what it means).
Speak platitudes in English, foment terrorism in Arabic and the United States will apply pressure to fellow democracies over and against those who rule by bullets rather than ballots. "
Putting aside for the moment my surprise that Dubya even knows the meaning of the word "foment," I think a GOP talking point i.e., what Tony Snow will say will be that Dubya said Friedman could be right, not that he actually was right.
Jon Green, the director of Connecticut Working Families, told the New York Times on Friday that his group would be "peaceful and lawful" and would not "foment" lingering rage at AIG
Jon Green, the director of Connecticut Working Families, told the New York Times on Friday that his group would be "peaceful and lawful" and would not "foment" lingering rage at AIG "unnecessarily."
The nut graph is this one, where Cramer explains how easy it is to create "foment" around a stock:
Isn't it weird that you never know about the s*** that's in the products you use until there's some kind of foment to take it out?
Countries that fear modernity, that cling to dogma, that exclude women, that foment ethnic divisions—they cannot seem to make progress and join the modern world.
F.D.R. had to betray his own class to foment the reforms of the New Deal.
You are deservedly a popular pastoral Poet but I mean to be of the mind that lucky circumstances and not your real merit as a Poet which is very great brought about your popularity & success — 'There is a tide in the affairs of men'  which brings about what no merit would — but which merit does after set and foment