• WordNet 3.6
    • n fomentation deliberate and intentional triggering (of trouble or discord)
    • n fomentation application of warm wet coverings to a part of the body to relieve pain and inflammation
    • n fomentation a substance used as a warm moist medicinal compress or poultice
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fomentation Excitation; instigation; encouragement. "Dishonest fomentation of your pride."
    • Fomentation (Med) The act of fomenting; the application of warm, soft, medicinal substances, as for the purpose of easing pain, by relaxing the skin, or of discussing tumors.
    • Fomentation (Med) The lotion applied to a diseased part.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fomentation The act of heating, warming, or cherishing; warmth.
    • n fomentation In medicine: The act of applying warm liquids to a part of the body, by means of flannels or other cloths dipped in them.
    • n fomentation The liquid thus applied.
    • n fomentation Excitation; instigation; encouragement.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Fomentation a bathing or lotion with warm water: encouragement
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
. fomentatio,: cf. F. fomentation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. fomentārefomentum for fovimentumfovēre, to warm.


In literature:

And you came here with the intention of fomenting treason in Venice!
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
But the situation was desperately bad when the spirit of mutiny was fomented by deadly enemies at court.
"The Discovery of America Vol. 1 (of 2)" by John Fiske
The Tories fomented these dissensions in an underhand way, turning them dexterously against their enemies.
"Political Women, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by Sutherland Menzies
At four this morning I was awakened to have a fomentation on my leg, and drowsily realised it was Christmas Day.
"A Yeoman's Letters" by P. T. Ross
It was just part of their loyalty to foment this impossible romance between Jeanne and himself.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
My rage maddened me, and there was one at hand who fomented my madness.
"Mugby Junction" by Charles Dickens
Cotton Mather was active in fomenting a belief in this doctrine.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume I"
It was the policy of the South to foment their passions, and increase their prejudices.
"An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans" by Lydia Maria Child
Fomentations, poultices, and baths are the simplest forms of moist heat.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Fomented wars; and quarrels for his arms Arose.
"The Metamorphoses of Publius Ovidus Naso in English blank verse Vols. I & II" by Ovid

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.
Paul Kagame's critics say that he foments the war in Eastern Congo and suppresses opposition parties at home.
Unlike Obama, fascists abhorred class warfare (and labor's efforts to foment it) because such societal divisions ran counter to their nationalist ideology.
Arcata's Natural Splendor Fomented, Forwarded, Fretted Over – November 14, 2012.
Time for fomenting & fermenting.
The ruling was a blow to the British government, which wants to rid the country of foreign-born radical clerics it says are fomenting Islamic militancy.
To fight economic stagnation, a pro-growth faction wants liberalization that once fomented revolt.
Enter Romy Portuondo Remior – born in Havana, raised in Miami since she was 5, and now a rising star in the Cuban-American community – who wants to foment an " Evolution ," one tweet and YouTube video at a time.
He even gets former Black Panther Bobby Rush to use the 'L' word - lynch - to further foment the problem.
Locals in eastern Turkey, bearing the brunt of the fallout from Turkey's involvement in Syria, believe Ankara is merely a pawn in US plans to foment conflict in the region.
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.
The serial entrepreneurial and educational futurist Michael Saylor is fomenting a quiet revolution in higher education that may come a bit more noisy and exciting pretty quickly.