agitation

Agitation is the act of stirring things up, like the agitation of a washing machine that moves the water, detergent, and clothes around and gets the dirt out or the agitation of political activists who want people to work together to do something.

The verb agitation comes from the Latin word agitare, meaning “move to and fro.” Agitation can happen whenever something is physically moved around, like stirring flour, eggs and milk to make pancake batter. Agitation also describes feeling stirred up emotionally — upset — or moved to act, like the agitation of protesters whose signs about unfair hiring practices at a store make many shoppers go somewhere else.

Primary Meanings of agitation

1.
n
a mental state of extreme emotional disturbance
2.
n
the act of agitating something; causing it to move around (usually vigorously)
Full Definitions of agitation
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n a mental state of extreme emotional disturbance

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disturbance, perturbation, upset
an unhappy and worried mental state
fret, lather, stew, sweat, swither
agitation resulting from active worry
dither, flap, fuss, pother, tizzy
an excited state of agitation
tailspin
loss of emotional control often resulting in emotional collapse
Type of:
mental condition, mental state, psychological condition, psychological state
(psychology) a mental condition in which the qualities of a state are relatively constant even though the state itself may be dynamic

n the feeling of being agitated; not calm

Antonyms:
calmness
a feeling of calm; an absence of agitation or excitement
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unrest
a feeling of restless agitation
fidget, fidgetiness, restlessness
a feeling of agitation expressed in continual motion
stewing
an extreme state of worry and agitation
stir
emotional agitation and excitement
tumult, turmoil
violent agitation
impatience
a restless desire for change and excitement
electricity
keen and shared excitement
sensation
a general feeling of excitement and heightened interest
Type of:
feeling
the experiencing of affective and emotional states

n a state of agitation or turbulent change or development

Synonyms:
ferment, fermentation, tempestuousness, unrest
Type of:
Sturm und Drang, turbulence, upheaval
a state of violent disturbance and disorder (as in politics or social conditions generally)

n disturbance usually in protest

Synonyms:
excitement, hullabaloo, turmoil, upheaval
Type of:
disturbance
the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion
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n the act of agitating something; causing it to move around (usually vigorously)

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shaking
the act of causing something to move up and down (or back and forth) with quick movements
stirring
agitating a liquid with an implement
shake, wag, waggle
causing to move repeatedly from side to side
worrying
the act of moving something by repeated tugs or pushes
jiggle, joggle
a slight irregular shaking motion
Type of:
motility, motion, move, movement
a change of position that does not entail a change of location

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