Definition of fomentation in English:



  • 1The action of instigating or stirring up undesirable sentiment or actions.

    • ‘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.’
    egging on, urging, goading, spurring on, motivation, persuasion, inducement
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  • 2archaic A poultice.

    • ‘There is an art to folding and making fomentations work right.’
    • ‘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.’


Late Middle English: from late Latin fomentatio(n-), from the verb fomentare (see foment).