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If the limbs be swelled, or joints stiff, it will be proper to foment them with warm vinegar, or bathe them in lukewarm water.

No, Princess; my part is to restore peace, not to foment strife.

Foment with warm water; at night apply a bread and milk poultice.

If there is pain in the region of the liver, foment that region more strongly.

Foment the corn every other night in warm water, after which renew the application.

Boil Ivy Leaves in Wine, and foment the face with the decoction.

Then Warwick and Margaret joined to foment a rising in England.

He let it be known that it would be well for them to cease to foment trouble.

Its effect in the hands of the shrewd parliamentarian was to foment debate.

When I went to foment his limbs, I could not find a morsel of flannel.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., "apply hot liquids," from Old French fomenter (13c.) "apply hot compress (to a wound)," from Late Latin fomentare, from Latin fomentum "warm application, poultice," contraction of *fovimentum, from fovere "to warm; cherish, encourage" (see fever). Extended sense of "stimulate, instigate" (1620s) was in the French. Related: Fomented; fomenting.

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