Definition Of ferment


(of a substance) undergo fermentation.

the drink had fermented, turning some of the juice into alcohol

a fermenting agent or enzyme.

They have a slightly gamy flavour, due to the enzymes or ferments from the gut.

agitation and excitement among a group of people, typically concerning major change and leading to trouble or violence.

Germany at this time was in a state of religious ferment

incite or stir up (trouble or disorder).

the politicians and warlords who are fermenting this chaos

Example Of ferment

  • a period of political and religious ferment

  • Apparently an army of anarchists is going to descend on Dublin from all corners of Europe and ferment trouble.

  • By polarising discontent, it is transforming it from ferment to turmoil into energy spent constructively.

  • Doubt, anxiety, and inward contemplation remain cornerstones of modern thinking and subjectivity, and their origins can be traced back to the religious ferment of the period 1400-1600.

  • Experts disagree whether the yeasts that ferment sourdough bread cultures originate in the grain or the air, but you can be sure there are plenty of them available wherever you live.

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