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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.
- ‘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).
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