Definitions for: Agitation

[n] the act of agitating something; causing it to move around (usually vigorously)
[n] disturbance usually in protest
[n] the feeling of being agitated; not calm
[n] a state of agitation or turbulent change or development; "the political ferment produced a new leadership"; "social unrest"
[n] a mental state of extreme emotional disturbance

Webster (1913) Definition: Ag`i*ta"tion, n. [L. agitatio: cf. F. agitation.]
1. The act of agitating, or the state of being agitated; the
state of being moved with violence, or with irregular
action; commotion; as, the sea after a storm is in

2. A stirring up or arousing; disturbance of tranquillity;
disturbance of mind which shows itself by physical
excitement; perturbation; as, to cause any one agitation.

3. Excitement of public feeling by discussion, appeals, etc.;
as, the antislavery agitation; labor agitation.
``Religious agitations.'' --Prescott.

4. Examination or consideration of a subject in controversy,
or of a plan proposed for adoption; earnest discussion;

A logical agitation of the matter. --L'Estrange.

The project now in agitation. --Swift.

Syn: Emotion; commotion; excitement; trepidation; tremor;
perturbation. See Emotion.

Synonyms: excitement, ferment, fermentation, hullabaloo, turmoil, unrest, upheaval

Antonyms: calmness

See Also: disturbance, disturbance, dither, feeling, fidget, fidgetiness, flap, fret, fuss, lather, mental state, motility, motion, move, movement, perturbation, pother, psychological state, restlessness, shake, shaking, stew, stewing, stir, stirring, Sturm und Drang, sweat, swither, tailspin, tizzy, tumult, turbulence, turmoil, unrest, upheaval, upset, wag, waggle, worrying

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