One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The action of instigating or stirring up undesirable sentiment or actions.
egging on, urging, goading, spurring on, motivation, persuasion, inducementView synonyms
- ‘In his memoirs, Joseph Holt recalled the fomentation of what was to become the Castle Hill rebellion.’
- ‘More than any military operation, this kind of power projection works against the fomentation of militant hatred towards them.’
- ‘The reasons for the fomentation of militancy have been spectacularly perpetuated by your very own government.’
2archaic A poultice.
- ‘Hot fomentations would give great relief, but did not give sufficient rest to the joint to permit of a cure.’
- ‘Peat baths and peat fomentations have been used since the beginning of time to alleviate pain and disease.’
- ‘There is an art to folding and making fomentations work right.’
Late Middle English: from late Latin fomentatio(n-), from the verb fomentare (see foment).
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