a person who stirs up others in order to upset the status quo and further a political, social, or other cause: The boss said he would fire any union agitators.
a machine or device for agitating and mixing.
- ag·i·ta·to·ri·al [aj-i-tuh-tawr-ee-uhl, -tohr-], /ˌædʒ ɪ təˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/, adjective
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How to use agitator in a sentence
In an appearance Wednesday morning on CBS, Bratton focused on what he called the “professional agitators” within the protests.After No Indictment for Eric Garner Killer, Is NYC the Next Ferguson? | Jacob Siegel | December 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But their “harshest” was on March 14, when pro-Russian agitators attacked armed with clubs, baseball bats and knives.
She later told me she recognized several Socialist Workers Party agitators in the room.
“The outside agitators, like Alan Dershowitz, did us a favor,” she said.‘The Gatekeepers,’ Brooklyn College BDS Forum: Week of Israel Debate | Gail Sheehy | February 8, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The men formed a human bulldozer, forcing back agitators who sought to hurl rocks and bottles at the cops.Cairo Salafists Say Violent Embassy Protests Are Hurting Their Cause | Mike Giglio | September 14, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Let no opportunity be missed of exposing the true character of the vile and selfish agitators of the Anti-corn-law league.
Mr. Stanley replied in a speech of caustic severity, which the agitators of Ireland have never forgotten or forgiven.
The vote of the house of lords also alarmed and gave umbrage to Ireland's agitators.
He was the most fiery of all "the rebels," as these agitators ultimately became.
His raid made the North solid against the slave system and the South as solid against anti-slavery theories and agitators.The Raid of John Brown at Harper's Ferry as I Saw It | Rev. Samuel Vanderlip Leech
British Dictionary definitions for agitator
a person who agitates for or against a cause, etc
a device, machine, or part used for mixing, shaking, or vibrating a material, usually a fluid
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