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.
- ag·i·ta·tion·al, adjective
- o·ver·ag·i·ta·tion, noun
- pre·ag·i·ta·tion, noun
- pro·ag·i·ta·tion, adjective
- re·ag·i·ta·tion, noun
- su·per·ag·i·ta·tion, noun
- un·der·ag·i·ta·tion, noun
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How to use agitation in a sentence
Laura attempted to go along with their realities to avoid agitation, which made her feel like she was living in “this weird, make-believe version” of the world.Caring for the elderly has never been more expensive, exhausting, or invisible | Anne Helen Petersen | August 26, 2021 | Vox
Soon after, he began to have episodes of extreme agitation, crawling on the floor and even hallucinating.A Boy With an Autoimmune Disease Was Ready to Learn in Person. Then His State Banned Mask Mandates. | by Annie Waldman and Bianca Fortis | August 25, 2021 | ProPublica
Though the Palmdale station was a five-minute drive from his house, his agitation signaled to him that it was time to relocate to what he’d hoped would be a less relentless outpost.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Punjabi Sikhs led similar agitations that called for better government support of agriculture.The Farmers' Protests Are a Turning Point for India's Democracy—and the World Can No Longer Ignore That | Simran Jeet Singh | February 12, 2021 | Time
My lower-back pain was at its worst, and running only added to the agitation.5 Pieces of Gear That Help Me Stay Active During Winter | Jakob Schiller | February 11, 2021 | Outside Online
Born into old New York money, he disdained the populist agitation that was sweeping the West.The GOP’s Last Identity Crisis Remade U.S. Politics | Michael Wolraich | July 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When Hansberry wrote A Raisin in the Sun, America was shimmering with the stirrings of social agitation.
The threat of Russian military intervention combined with separatist agitation in eastern Ukraine already is bearing results.Putin Can Take Ukraine Without an Invasion, and Probably Will | Jamie Dettmer | April 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The grassroots agitation in favor of Russia has become less spontaneous and more focused in recent days.
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
In passing to her own chamber she met the Emperor, and, in the agitation of her maternal fears, told him all that had passed.
When Stanhope entered to him, he found his guest lying on a sofa, in a high state of fever, both from his wounds and agitation.
Santa Cruz embraced him, with more agitation than his stately mien might have announced.
But agitation unlocks wayward fancies and sends them scurrying inopportunely across the very foreground of the mind.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
The agitation for Tenant-Right in Ireland is destined to fail—in fact, has virtually failed already.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
British Dictionary definitions for agitation
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
- agitational, adjective
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