Examples from the Web for agitator
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 31, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I saw myself as an advocate and agitator and behind-the-scenes lobbyist on some very minor aspects of it.
Where an agitator is used, the trouble of milk souring or tainting beneath an air-tight covering of cream, is obviated.Hints on cheese-making|Thomas Day Curtis
The contents showed that Miss Hamlyn, the agitator's only daughter, had been occupied in the choice of corsets.A Lost Cause|Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
But Cobden's parliamentary work was at this time less important than his work as an agitator.
She is the agitator of the old world, and agitation is the lever of reform.
The agitator was sent across the lines into the Confederacy.Lincoln|Nathaniel Wright Stephenson
British Dictionary definitions for agitator
Word Origin and History for agitator
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."