Definition of ferment noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

BrE BrE//ˈfɜːment//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɜːrment//
[uncountable, singular] (formal) a state of political or social excitement and confusion a period of intense political ferment The country is in ferment. the artistic ferment of the late sixth century
Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French ferment (noun), fermenter (verb), based on Latin fermentum ‘yeast’, from fervere ‘to boil’.
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