- the act or process of agitating; state of being agitated: 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.
Origin of agitation
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Examples from the Web for agitation
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 20, 2014
Hunter Thompson knew the pleasure of agitation required freedom from political fear.
Trapped in the cycle of permanent emergency and perpetual action, he wrote, “servitude has no rest, agitation no pleasure.”
Some patients came in with racing heart rates and agitation, others with low blood pressure and the inability to stay awake.When Synthetic Pot Kills
November 21, 2013
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
May 31, 2012
Eudora persevered in silence, but her agitation obviously increased.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
It might be well for him to reflect that agitation was a two-edged sword.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Burke retained his manner of serene indifference to the other's agitation.Within the Law
The sight of her agitation silenced the singers, and they gazed at her in surprise.Rico and Wiseli
Her face had a bright, pleased expression, and showed no trace of fatigue or agitation.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
- 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
Word Origin and History for agitation
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.)).