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Webster 1913 Edition


Agitation

Agˊi-ta′tion

,
Noun.
[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
agitation
.
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; debate.
A logical
agitation
of the matter.
L’Estrange.
The project now in
agitation
.
Swift.
Syn. – Emotion; commotion; excitement; trepidation; tremor; perturbation. See
Emotion
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Agitation

AGITA'TION

,
Noun.
1.
The act of shaking; the state of being moved with violence, or with irregular action; commotion; as, the sea after a storm is in agitation.
2.
Disturbance of tranquility in the mind; perturbation; excitement of passion.
3.
Discussion; examination of a subject in controversy.
4.
A state of being deliberated upon, with a view to contrivance, or plan to be adopted; as, a scheme is in agitation.

Definition 2022


Agitation

Agitation

See also: agitation

German

Noun

Agitation f (genitive Agitation, plural Agitationen)

  1. (politics) agitation

Synonyms

agitation

agitation

See also: Agitation

English

Noun

agitation (plural agitations)

  1. The act of agitating, or the state of being agitated; the state of being moved with violence, or with irregular action; commotion.
    After a storm the sea is in agitation.
  2. A stirring up or arousing; disturbance of tranquillity; disturbance of mind which shows itself by physical excitement; perturbation.
    She causes great agitation within me.
  3. Excitement of public feeling by discussion, appeals, etc.
    the antislavery agitation
    labor agitation
    After this conflict pro-independence agitation temporarily died down.
  4. Examination or consideration of a subject in controversy, or of a plan proposed for adoption; earnest discussion; debate.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Roger L'Estrange:
      [] a logical agitation of the matter []
    • (Can we date this quote?) Jonathan Swift:
      [] the project now in agitation []

Synonyms

Translations

References

  • agitation in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

French

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin agitatio.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /aʒitasjɔ̃/

Noun

agitation f (plural agitations)

  1. choppiness (of water), turbulence (in air), swaying (of branch etc.)
  2. restlessness
  3. bustle (of street, room etc.); activity
  4. (nervous) agitation
  5. (social) unrest