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.
As an agitator of stereotypes, how did you feel about The Birth of a Nation?
Spike Lee on Blackface, ‘Oldboy,’ ’12 Years a Slave,’ and The Brooklyn Nets Jimmy So October 30, 2013
I saw myself as an advocate and agitator and behind-the-scenes lobbyist on some very minor aspects of it.
Can This Blogger Unseat Barbara Boxer? Lloyd Grove April 5, 2010
Santerre, the brewer and agitator of the faubourgs, alone led a band of 2000 pikes.
History of the Girondists, Volume I Alphonse de Lamartine
This is hardly the tone of the agitator as known to us to-day.
Victorian Worthies George Henry Blore
So fell this agitator of domestic broils, whose name passed into a proverb, denoting a powerful and turbulent demagogue.
Minstrelsy of the Scottish border (3rd ed) (1 of 3) Walter Scott
The Nationalisation of the Dinner-jacket would be death to the agitator.
Ambrotox and Limping Dick Oliver Fleming
One of the principal grounds in this change is to be found in the connection of government with the agitator O’Connell.
The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III. E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
“Pisistratus, you are as great an agitator as your namesake,” cried my father, smiling.
The Caxtons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
With the same object in view, it has been suggested to rotate the contents with an agitator fixed in the still.
The Handbook of Soap Manufacture W. H. Simmons
She is the agitator of the old world, and agitation is the lever of reform.
History of Woman Suffrage, Volume III (of III) Various
a person who agitates for or against a cause, etc
a device, machine, or part used for mixing, shaking, or vibrating a material, usually a fluid
1640s, agent noun from agitate (v.); originally “elected representative of the common soldiers in Cromwell’s army,” who brought grievances (chiefly over lack of pay) to their officers and Parliament.
Political sense is first recorded 1734, and negative overtones began with its association with Irish patriots such as Daniel O’Connell (1775-1847). Historically, in American English, often with outside and referring to people who stir up a supposedly contented class or race. Latin agitator meant “a driver, a charioteer.”
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
agitation and propaganda, especially for the cause of communism. (often initial capital letter) an agency or department, as of a government, that directs and coordinates agitation and propaganda. Also, agitpropist. a person who is trained or takes part in such activities. of or relating to agitprop. Contemporary Examples Having reviewed anti-Israeli agitprop masquerading as theater, […]
agl programming (Atelier de Genie Logiciel) French for IPSE. (1997-01-07) Historical Examples Some of the same critics also could scarcely choose between these and his songs to agl in her day, or Camille in hers. “Le Monsieur De La Petite Dame” Frances Hodgson Burnett His head-dress is encircled with the black ‘agl of camel’s hair […]