[ US /ˈhɑtˌbɛd/ ]
[ UK /hˈɒtbɛd/ ]
  1. a situation that is ideal for rapid development (especially of something bad)
    it was a hotbed of vice
  2. a bed of earth covered with glass and heated by rotting manure to promote the growth of plants
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How To Use hotbed In A Sentence

  • A few weeks later at a campaign rally in El Dorado, a south Arkansas oil town that was a hotbed of racism and pro-Wallace sentiment, Fulbright was asked what was the biggest problem facing America.
  • Someone named after Julius Erving who grew up in the hoops hotbed of North Carolina is bound to have roundball embedded in his genes.
  • it was a hotbed of vice
  • But there has been far more opposition in Hornsea, which has become the hotbed of opposition to a council some in the town see as out of touch and arrogant.
  • In the interest of spitting a sluicy cobwebbed thread to tie together the conversations in and around this corner of the infoweb and its earbound counterpart, I wanted to offer up one more chance to allow our space to double as the hotbed of information on the social and biological activities of the Tree Squirrel, and bring some attention to our relationship with tree squirrels. A Letter to A.A. (Almost Anybody) | Miette's Bedtime Story Podcast
  • For these commentators, the alehouse was a threat to public order, a hotbed of promiscuity, and a corrupter of conventional family life. Wrong Side of the River: London's disreputable South Bank in the sixteenth and seventeenth century. Jessica A. Browner
  • The boardrooms of media companies are virtual hotbeds of political maneuvering, petty jealousy and back-stabbing.
  • Inner-cities aren't usually thought of as hotbeds of entrepreneurial activity, but they are often harbingers of things to come for the rest of the country.
  • U.S. and Iraqi forces are targeting what they call a hotbed for terrorists in an area Northeast of Samarra. CNN Transcript Mar 16, 2006
  • Instead of being a hotbed of thriving life and action it is a hotbed of crime and depravity, allowed to overwhelm a forgotten, overlooked, uncared for community!
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