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1 a mental state of extreme emotional disturbance
2 a state of agitation or turbulent change or development; "the political ferment produced a new leadership"; "social unrest" [syn: ferment, fermentation, unrest]
3 the feeling of being agitated; not calm [ant: calmness]
4 disturbance usually in protest [syn: excitement, turmoil, upheaval, hullabaloo]
5 the act of agitating something; causing it to move around (usually vigorously)

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see Agitation



Latin agitatio: compare with French agitation.


IPA: WEAE /ˈæ.ʤɪˈte.ʃən/


  1. The act of agitating, or the state of being agitated; the state of being moved with violence, or with irregular action; commotion.
    After a storm the sea is in agitation.
  2. A stirring up or arousing; disturbance of tranquillity; disturbance of mind which shows itself by physical excitement; perturbation.
    She causes great agitation within me.
  3. Excitement of public feeling by discussion, appeals, etc.
    the antislavery agitation
    labor agitation
    religious agitations —Prescott
  4. Examination or consideration of a subject in controversy, or of a plan proposed for adoption; earnest discussion; debate.
    a logical agitation of the matter —L'Estrange.
    the project now in agitation —Swift.



Extensive Definition

Agitation may refer to:
  • emotional state of excitement or restlessness
    • psychomotor agitation, an extreme form of the above, which can be a side effect of antipsychotic medication
  • agitation (action), putting into motion by shaking or stirring
  • political agitation, political activities in which an agitator urges people to do something
  • Agitated, a B-Side from the band Muse
agitation in German: Agitation
agitation in Slovak: Agitácia
agitation in Finnish: Agitaatio

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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