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ferment

[ noun fur-ment; verb fer-ment ]SEE DEFINITION OF ferment

Synonyms for ferment

  • bacteria
  • bacterium
  • barm
  • ebullition
  • enzyme
  • leaven
  • leavening
  • mold
  • seethe
  • simmer
  • yeast
  • fermentation agent
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Antonyms for ferment

  • calm
  • contentedness
  • happiness
  • peace
  • pleasure
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FERMENT

I see him smiling and debonair at the minute when I am in a ferment.

But the issue of Kniggrtz startled Napoleon and set France in ferment.

It spread like wildfire, and in half an hour all the town was in a ferment.

But am in such a ferment, that I cannot at present write to them.

If the liquor is not put immediately into the jugs, it will not ferment well.

Let it ferment for three days in a tub covered with a double blanket.

It ranged out over an ocean world which was all in a state of ferment and change.

The whole town was in a ferment, gathered in the town square.

These plums are apt to ferment, if not boiled in two syrups; the former will sweeten pies, but will have too much acid to keep.

He returned with intelligence that set our shanty in a ferment.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., from Old French fermenter (13c.) and directly from Latin fermentare "to leaven, ferment," from fermentum "substance causing fermentation, leaven," from root of fervere "to boil, seethe" (see brew). Figurative use from 1650s. Related: Fermented; fermenting.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR FERMENT

Sturm und Drang

nounstorm and stress
  • ferment
  • tumult
  • turbulence
  • turmoil
  • upheaval

agitate

verbdisturb, trouble someone

brew

verbprepare by boiling
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