foment foment  /ˈfoʊ mɛnt/


  1. (v) try to stir up public opinion
  2. (v) bathe with warm water or medicated lotions


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  • The government was castigated for its failure to prosecute those who helped foment election violence in early 2002 that killed some 200 people.



  1. "Everywhere you turn, it is the policy of Iran to foment instability and chaos, no matter the strategic value or cost in the blood of innocents - Christians, Jews and Muslims alike," Gates said in a keynote address at an international security...
    on Dec 7, 2007 By: Robert Gates Source: USA Today

  2. "We support their efforts to defend their democracy against attempts by Syria, Iran and allies to foment instability and violence in that important country," Bush said after having breakfast with US troops stationed in Hawaii.
    on Nov 21, 2006 By: President Bush Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "If it's a case of the Iranians moving down a road of using influence to reduce rather than to foment violence, that is a good thing. They would still in our view have a way to go," Crocker said.
    on Dec 23, 2007 By: Ryan Crocker Source: Forbes

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