Definition of agitation in English:


Line breaks: agi|ta¦tion
Pronunciation: /adʒɪˈteɪʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]
  • 1A state of anxiety or nervous excitement: she was wringing her hands in agitation
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    • As with all natives of this combination, the Aries / Virgo may suffer from nervous anxiety, agitation, and stress.
    • Corydalis is a European sedative herb that addresses insomnia that stems from nervousness, agitation, depression or anxiety.
    • ‘Tooker's anxiety and agitation spun out of control in the weeks preceding his death,’ she recalls.
    anxiety, perturbation, disquiet, distress, concern, trouble, alarm, worry, upset; nervous excitement
    rare disconcertment
  • 3The arousing of public concern about an issue and pressing for action on it: widespread agitation for social reform
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    • If there's some agitation on the issue, on the sidelines, that's fine.
    • The media's apparent agitation on risky issues is part of their democratic function.
    • He would in fact have been hard-pressed to discuss postwar monetary and foreign policy or domestic issues such as labor agitation and demobilization.
  • 3.1 [count noun] Indian A public demonstration.
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    • The march was to protest the alleged excesses of the City Police Commissioner against demonstrators during their recent agitation.
    • Ito Sumardi said that five people from Jakarta had entered Surabaya in order to carry out agitation and encourage demonstrations.
    • The authorities should mind the situation seriously; otherwise they would invite public agitation.


mid 16th century (in the sense 'action, being active'): from Latin agitatio(n-), from the verb agitare (see agitate).

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