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.
to call attention to by speech or writing; discuss; debate:
to agitate the question.
to consider on all sides; revolve in the mind; plan.
to arouse or attempt to arouse public interest and support, as in some political or social cause or theory:
to agitate for the repeal of a tax.
(transitive) to excite, disturb, or trouble (a person, the mind, or feelings); worry
(transitive) to cause to move vigorously; shake, stir, or disturb
(intransitive; often foll by for or against) to attempt to stir up public opinion for or against something
(transitive) to discuss or debate in order to draw attention to or gain support for (a cause, etc): to agitate a political cause
1580s, “to disturb,” from Latin agitatus, past participle of agitare “to put in constant motion, drive onward, impel,” frequentative of agere “to move, drive” (see agitation). Literal sense of “move to and fro, shake” is from 1590s. Related: Agitated; agitating.
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 […]
noun the use of pop music to promote political propaganda