Foment

Definition of Foment

Fo`ment´
v. t.1.To apply a warm lotion to; to bathe with a cloth or sponge wet with warm water or medicated liquid.
[imp. & p. p. Fomented; p. pr. & vb. n. Fomenting.]
2.To cherish with heat; to foster.
Which these soft fires . . . foment and warm.
- Milton.
3.To nurse to life or activity; to cherish and promote by excitements; to encourage; to abet; to instigate; - used often in a bad sense; as, to foment ill humors.
But quench the choler you foment in vain.
- Dryden.
n.1.Fomentation.
2.State of excitation; - perh. confused with ferment.
He came in no conciliatory mood, and the foment was kept up.
- Julian Ralph.

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