I decided to use this word after reading it in a poem here on WordPress.
1. to instigate or foster (discord, rebellion, etc.); promote the growth or development of: to foment trouble; to foment discontent.
2. to apply warm water or medicated liquid, ointments, etc., to (the surface of the body).
Wordsmith Wednesdays made-up example sentence:
False information was used to foment panic and chaos among the public.