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.
The immediate practical effects of the commission were nil, but its agitational value proved of great importance to labor.
A History of Trade Unionism in the United States Selig Perlman
And the party has done so, not for agitational reasons, but out of necessity, out of principle.
Woman under socialism August Bebel
Sun himself thought in political and economic rather than agitational terms.
Government in Republican China Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
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
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.)).
to move or force into violent, irregular action: The hurricane winds agitated the sea. to shake or move briskly: The machine agitated the mixture. to move to and fro; impart regular motion to. to disturb or excite emotionally; arouse; perturb: a crowd agitated to a frenzy by impassioned oratory; a man agitated by disquieting news. […]
agitated; restless or hurried in movement or style. Historical Examples It is broken in upon by a strange version of the great love song, agitato in oboes, losing all its queenly pace. Symphonies and Their Meaning; Third Series, Modern Symphonies Philip H. Goepp This solo with chorus of the conspirators is minor, mysterioso, and agitato; […]
a person who stirs up others in order to upset the status quo and further a political, social, or other cause: The boss said he would fire any union agitators. a machine or device for and mixing. Contemporary Examples As an agitator of stereotypes, how did you feel about The Birth of a Nation? Spike […]
a person who stirs up others in order to upset the status quo and further a political, social, or other cause: The boss said he would fire any union agitators. a machine or device for and mixing. Contemporary Examples She later told me she recognized several Socialist Workers Party agitators in the room. UK Jew’s […]