The word “foment” is a verb that means to instigate or promote the growth or development of something, typically negative or harmful. It can also refer to stirring up or inciting feelings or actions, often in a political or social context.

Interesting fact: The word “foment” originated from the Latin word “fomentum,” which means “a poultice” or “a healing application.” This connection to healing is interesting because the word has evolved to have a more negative connotation, emphasizing its role in inciting or promoting negative actions or situations.