She later told me she recognized several Socialist Workers Party agitators in the room.
But their “harshest” was on March 14, when pro-Russian agitators attacked armed with clubs, baseball bats and knives.
Nothing remained for the agitators but to protest and disperse.
Some of the agitators whispered, "He will be off, he will escape from us!"
Your agitators, my dear Mrs. Hurst, are not worth powder and shot.
In the summer of 1914 the dreams of these agitators were realized.
That is the reason why agitators are so absolutely necessary.
"If these agitators on the Left have any qualities of statesmen, now's their time to show it," he said.
They made themselves the agitators in an assembly of which they might have been the statesmen.
If they hate England it is because they have been so taught by priests and agitators for their own ends.
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."