fomenter

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fomenter one who agitates; a political troublemaker
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fomenter One who foments; one who encourages or instigates; as, a fomenter of sedition.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fomenter One who foments; one who encourages or instigates: commonly in a bad sense: as, a fomenter of sedition.
    • n fomenter A device for applying heat to any part of the body, consisting usually of a tin vessel made to contain hot water, and shaped as its purpose requires.
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Usage

In literature:

They are exciting and fomenting civil war.
"Memoirs of the Private Life, Return, and Reign of Napoleon in 1815, Vol. II" by Pierre Antoine Edouard Fleury de Chaboulon
Such a peace will naturally secure to Slavery the precise object, for which the Rebellion was fomented.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 2, No 6, December 1862" by Various
It did not take him long to foment the rebellion which he seemed determined to provoke.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 2 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
But at last it was over; the wound washed and fomented with bruised leaves, the splint fitted snug, and the whole neatly bandaged.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
He sought to foment a German-financed revolution in Ireland and was hanged as a traitor in the Tower.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
The young Emperor had almost reached his own frontier, when the discontent of the army, fomented by the prefect, Philip, came to a head.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03" by Various
And it was she who fomented his bruises.
"Emily Brontë" by A. Mary F. (Agnes Mary Frances) Robinson
I cannot bear to have the fomentations taken off for a moment.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
All America was soon in a foment.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
Then I can go on steadily with these fomentations while you take your gun and look round.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
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In poetry:

"But should the flame this rougher aid refuse,
And only gentler medicines be of use,
With full-blown cheeks she ends the doubtful strife,
Foments the infant flame, and puffs it into life.
"Colemira. A Culinary Eclogue" by William Shenstone
Singing light and gentle hands, and a nurse who understands
How to manage every sort of application,
From a poultice to a leech; whom you haven't got to teach
The way to make a poppy fomentation.
"Nightingale's Song to the Sick Soldier" by Anonymous British

In news:

It's their example and their achievement--and not the culture of failure fomented by the leftovers of the Movement--that must set a new agenda for black Americans.
But pushing homophobic laws that foment hate is.
ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) — A court in Kazakhstan has upheld the conviction of an opposition leader accused of fomenting unrest and mounting an attempt to overthrow the Central Asian nation's government.
A court in Kazakhstan has upheld the conviction of an opposition leader accused of fomenting unrest and mounting an attempt to overthrow the Central Asian nation's government.
An exclusive and unbiased investigation into the highly paid operative of a foreign-born tycoon, a man who reengineered political and media culture and fomented a revolt that threatens the very stability of our country.
Ignoring a US threat to cut off aid, Egypt on Sunday referred 19 Americans and 24 other employees of nonprofit groups to trial before a criminal court on accusations they illegally used foreign funds to foment unrest in the country.
What better time to foment revolution than now.
Egyptian protesters chant anti-military ruling slogans during a trial of employees of pro-democracy groups charged with using foreign funds to foment unrest in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Feb 26, 2012.
During those protests, Karimov deployed thousands of troops to crush a revolt in a border town in eastern Uzbekistan , saying it was fomented by Islamic terrorists.
The Los Angeles Times says recent graduates claim university officials fomented a hostile campus climate for Jewish students by failing to curb anti-Israel protests.
The Los Angeles Times (lat.ms/PXFtXq) recent graduates claim university officials fomented a hostile campus climate for Jewish students by failing to curb anti-Israel protests.
Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi reiterated a call Tuesday for the lifting of sanctions against her impoverished country, and vowed to use her new parliamentary role to foment more change.
To improve operations, foment growth and keep management flat as the second-generation family business expands.
Fomenting class warfare by insisting that "wealthy" Americans do not pay their "fair share" of taxes.
Whether by opposing mosque construction, encouraging racial profiling, or fomenting anti-immigration sentiment, right-wing politicians are lining up to bash Muslims and prove their supposed patriotism before November.
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