v. try to stir up public opinion; promote growth of; apply warm lotion to
These examples, and there are many others, reveal how fear is being used to foment anger and political zealotry.
Sentence in Classic:
Two days previously he had received news that his father, son, and sister had left for Moscow; and though there was nothing for him to do at Bald Hills, Prince Andrew with a characteristic desire to foment his own grief decided that he must ride there.
War and Peace(V4) By Leo Tolstoy Context
These civil commotions were constantly fomented by the monarchs of Blefuscu; and when they were quelled, the exiles always fled for refuge to that empire.
Gulliver's Travels(V1) By Jonathan Swift Context
After thoroughly examining her red and swollen eye, he prescribed a fomentation, which he made up himself at once, and tearing his handkerchief in pieces, he showed her how it ought to be applied.
Fathers and Children By Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev Context