foment

Stand outside the school cafeteria passing out flyers with nutritional details on school food, and you may foment a revolution––foment means stirring up something undesirable, such as trouble.

You would never say, "Hooray, we fomented a revolution." Instead you'd say, "Those good for nothing scalawags fomented the rebellion." Don't confuse foment and ferment. Ferment can mean "to stir up" in a good way––a football game can ferment excitement in a town, or foment trouble through traffic tie-ups and litter.

Primary Meanings of foment

1.
v
try to stir up public opinion
2.
v
bathe with warm water or medicated lotions
Full Definitions of foment
1

v try to stir up public opinion

Synonyms:
agitate, stir up
Types:
rumpus
cause a disturbance
Type of:
provoke, stimulate
provide the needed stimulus for
2

v bathe with warm water or medicated lotions

“His legs should be fomented
Type of:
bath, bathe
clean one's body by immersion into water