Agitation



the act or process of ; state of being :
She left in great agitation.
persistent urging of a political or social cause or theory before the public.
Also called psychomotor agitation. psychological and physical restlessness, manifested by pacing, hand-wringing, or other activity, sometimes occurring as a symptom of severe depression, schizophrenia, or other mental disorder.
Contemporary Examples

Hunter Thompson knew the pleasure of agitation required freedom from political fear.
Hunter S. Thompson Was Right About America: It’s Still Freaks vs. Fear James Poulos February 7, 2014

Pal organized an agitation in front of the police station, and later in front of Dwivedi’s house.
India’s Pink Vigilantes Amana Fontanella-Khan February 25, 2011

Other effects: agitation, suicidal thoughts, chest pains, high blood pressure, and rapid heartbeat.
What’s the Deal With Bath Salts? FAQ on the Designer Drug Gregory Gilderman May 30, 2012

I would remind you, however, that one test of our skills is to keep to our style when we are in a state of agitation.
Norman Mailer vs. Everyone Norman Mailer February 26, 2009

Instead of the agitation I had feared, I found myself able to paint there tranquilly.
Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show Robert W. Chambers February 19, 2014

Historical Examples

Sir, are you satisfied with these consequences of the agitation you have gotten up?
Slavery Ordained of God Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.

Burke retained his manner of serene indifference to the other’s agitation.
Within the Law Marvin Dana

We went forward, and found him in some agitation, real or counterfeit.
The Uncollected Writings of Thomas de Quincey, Vol. 2 Thomas de Quincey

Her face had a bright, pleased expression, and showed no trace of fatigue or agitation.
Green Mansions W. H. Hudson

Its object was to excite and keep alive an agitation for the removal of the inequalities of the representation.
A History of England, Period III. Rev. J. Franck Bright

noun
a state of excitement, disturbance, or worry
the act of moving something vigorously; the shaking or stirring of something
the act of attempting to stir up public opinion for or against something
n.

1560s, “mental tossing to and fro,” from French agitation, from Latin agitationem (nominative agitatio) “motion, agitation,” noun of action from past participle stem of agitare “move to and fro,” frequentative of agere in its sense of “to drive” (see act (n.)).

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