2016年12月21日 星期三

foment, particularize, come to a head, 'reality bites'


Fomenting cynicism and partisan divisions is not a flaw in Mr Trump’s approach to politics: it is his best chance of surviving the next four or eight years, as reality bites



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'Backing Into Forward'

By JULES FEIFFER
Reviewed by DAVID CARR
In this frequently hilarious memoir, the acclaimed cartoonist Jules Feiffer offers a vision of New York City during the cultural and political foment of the 1950s, '60s and '70s.



They accused him of trying to foment a revolution and threw him in jail for treason.

Montaigne’s empathy leads him to reflect that the true gap between us is not nearly so immense as the differences fomented by, say, religious opinions – or, come to that, medical opinions.




2008
China arrests 59 in Tibet 

China has arrested 59 people in the province of Tibet for fabricating rumours and trying to stir up ethnic hatred and incite violence. The semi-official China News Service reported that the 59 were acting under the influence of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. Police also swept through markets in the provincial capital, Lhasa, looking for people selling illegally downloaded "reactionary" songs. Tensions in Tibet came to a head in March this year when anti-Chinese protests erupted. Tibet's government-in-exile said more than 200 people were killed in the violence. Beijing claimed far fewer died during the protests, blaming rioters for most of the deaths.


What is the meaning of the phrase 'reality bites'? - Quora

https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-meaning-of-the-phrase-reality-bites
It means, the real world is extremely harsh and brutal. Often replaced with phrases like 'truth is stranger than fiction', 'bitter truth' etc. ... It is a figurative way of saying ...



come to a head (ALSO bring sth to a head)
If something comes to a head or someone brings something to a head, a situation reaches a point where something must be done about it:
Things hadn't been good between us for a while and this incident just brought it to a head.

fo·ment (fō-mĕnt') pronunciation
tr.v., -ment·ed, -ment·ing, -ments.
  1. To promote the growth of; incite.
  2. To treat (the skin, for example) by fomentation.
[Middle English fomenten, to apply warm liquids to the skin, from Old French fomenter, from Late Latin fōmentāre, from Latin fōmentum, poultice, from fovēre, to warm.]
fomenter fo·ment'er n.

Instigate or stir up (an undesirable or violent sentiment or course of action):they accused him of fomenting political unrest
  • fo・ment
  • ━━ vt. 温湿布する, 罨法(あんぽう)する; (反乱を)助長する.

particularize Pronunciation (verb) To go into or give details or particulars.
Synonyms:specialize, specify
Usage:I told the cook to get some fish—I did not particularize what.

v., -ized, -iz·ing, -iz·es. v.tr.
  1. To mention, describe, or treat individually; itemize or specify.
  2. To make particular as opposed to general or universal.
v.intr.
To go into or give details or particulars.

particularization par·tic'u·lar·i·za'tion (-lər-ĭ-zā'shən) n.
particularizer par·tic'u·lar·iz'er n.

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