Definitions

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  • n. One who incites or promotes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who foments; one who encourages or instigates.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who foments; one who encourages or instigates: commonly in a bad sense: as, a fomenter of sedition.
  • n. A device for applying heat to any part of the body, consisting usually of a tin vessel made to contain hot water, and shaped as its purpose requires.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. one who agitates; a political troublemaker

Etymologies

From foment + -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Now, as an Al Qaeda field commander sporting a bandolier of bullets, he is threatening the United States and has been hailed by a militant Web site as a veteran guerrilla and "a fomenter of war."

    News about one freed Guantanamo Bay prisoner that you won't find reported on the BBC

  • Eventually the Federal services fingered a recently dead scientist as the fomenter of the attacks.

    Matthew Edlund, M.D.: Food Safety and Terrorism

  • Mr. Schmidt is familiar with the game as chief technology officer of Sun Microsystems in the 1990s, he was a chief fomenter of the antitrust assault on Bill Gates

    Google and the Search for the Future

  • Fox News, a factory of propaganda and lies on the best of days, has decided "the hell with it" and become an outright partisan fomenter of "revolution."

    Ellis Weiner: Life in These Untied States

  • Fox "News" has long been a fomenter of violent crime, encouraging the tin-foil hat crowd to embark on mercenary missions to take out liberals and other normal, thinking people in waves of violent crimes in churches, woman's health clinics, and pretty much anywhere they find them, and this was true of the so-called witless tea party protests of Obama's tax reform plan.

    Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?

  • He may be a prolific speaker and writer and fomenter of violence, but what a moniker.

    POLITICALLY CORRECT "LEAST WANTED"

  • Exactly a year earlier in the Tuskegee courthouse, his congressman, Tom Heflin, had attacked him as a liar and troublemaker, a fomenter of racial strife, a dangerous Negro.

    Up From History: The Life of Booker T. Washington

  • Adams was the head terrorist, the major fomenter of it all.

    Justin Frank: Sagebrush Fire

  • Bernick: That is perfectly true; he is an agitator and a fomenter of discontent; but such an unscrupulous thing as this — Look here, Krap; you must look into the matter once more.

    Pillars of Society

  • • More especially, why have we not taken out the radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, a vehement opponent of the U.S. military presence and fomenter of so much of the hatred and violence responsible for

    George Archibald: Surge

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