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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Saturday 21st May 2022
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foment (verb) fo-MENT

Stir up trouble, foster evil.

My new clause would permit police, in limited circumstances, to take action against those other well -known offenders - whom every Opposition Member talks about; they know who they are - who regularly follow football matches and foment violence, but manage to be on the back line when police move in to make arrests.

Bryan Drew, Commons Hansard, 11 June 1999. Commons Hansard

The Board also charged that the false statements damaged the professional reputations of its members and of the school administrators, would be disruptive of faculty discipline, and would tend to foment "controversy, conflict and dissension" among teachers, administrators, the Board of Education, and the residents of the district.

Judgment, U.S. Supreme Court PICKERING v. BOARD OF EDUCATION, 391 U.S. 563 (1968) , decided 3 June 1968. US Supreme Court

There are people who are trying to foment religious and ethnic problems in Iraq.

Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, 24 January 2005. New Yorker

Administration officials believe that the jangling ring tones and surreptitious text messages of cellphones disrupt learning, foment cheating and turn teachers into police who must seek out electronic contraband.

Jo Craven McGinty, The New York Times, 11 September 2007. New York Times

"The BBC made Pinter change the punchline because they thought it would foment social unrest, which seems quite incredible now."

Bill Bailey, quoted by Stuart Jeffries, The Guardian, 26 January 2007. Guardian

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