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ag·i·ta·tion

 (ăj′ĭ-tā′shən)
n.
1. The act of agitating or the state of being agitated.
2. Extreme emotional disturbance; perturbation.
3. The stirring up of public interest in a matter of controversy, such as a political or social issue.

ag′i·ta′tion·al adj.

agitation

(ˌædʒɪˈteɪʃən)
n
1. a state of excitement, disturbance, or worry
2. the act of moving something vigorously; the shaking or stirring of something
3. the act of attempting to stir up public opinion for or against something
ˌagiˈtational adj

ag•i•ta•tion

(ˌædʒ ɪˈteɪ ʃən)

n.
1. the act of agitating or the state of being agitated.
2. persistent urging of a political or social cause or theory before the public.
[1560–70; < Latin]
ag`i•ta′tion•al, adj.

Agitation

 

See Also: EXCITEMENT, HEARTBEAT, NERVOUSNESS, TREMBLING

  1. Agitated with delight as a waving sea —Arabian Nights
  2. Agitation … like insects coming alive in the spring —William Goyen
  3. Calm as a tornado —Anon
  4. Composed as an egg gatherer in a rattlesnake pit —Harry Prince
  5. Disturbing as decay in a carcass —Julia O’Faolain
  6. Feel like he had a mouse water skiing in his stomach —Joseph Wambaugh
  7. Feel my insides slipping away as if they are on a greased slide —W. P. Kinsella
  8. Felt as if his heart was beating itself to death in some empty hollow —Oscar Wilde
  9. Felt her heart make little leaps, as though it might creep onto her tongue and expose something —Leigh Allison Wilson
  10. Felt his heart quicken, as a horse quickens at the faint warning touch of the spur —Ben Ames Williams
  11. (Arrived in the library with every nerve twittering) felt like a tree full of starlings —M. J. Farrell
  12. Froze my heart like a block of ice —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  13. Hearts drumming like wings —Paul Horgan
  14. Her heart leaped like a fish —Katherine Mansfield
  15. Her heart … plucking inside her chest like a bird in a bag —Brian Moore
  16. Her heart … plucking inside her chest like a bird in a bag —Brian Moore
  17. His heart pumping like a boiler about to blow —Ira Wood
  18. Her heart … thundering like ten hearts —Sharon Sheehe Stark
  19. Her stomach leaped up inside her like a balloon —William Styron
  20. His heart beat so hard he sometimes fondled it with his hands as though trying to calm a wild bird that wanted to fly away —Bernard Malamud
  21. His heart chilled like a stone in a creek —John Farris
  22. His heart … like a madly bouncing ball, beating the breath out of his body —Helen Hudson
  23. His heart moving so fast it was like one of those motorcycles at fairs that the fellow drives around the walls of a pit —Flannery O’Connor
  24. His heart racing like a quick little animal in a cage —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  25. His heart sinks like a soap in a bucket —Robert Coover
  26. His heart thundered like horses galloping over a wooden bridge —Gerald Kersh
  27. His heart whammed like a wheezing steam engine —Bernard Malamud
  28. His soul seething within him like a Welsh rabbit at the height of its fever —P. G. Wodehouse

    See Also: SOUL

  29. I could hear my heart, like somebody hammering on a tree —John D. MacDonald
  30. It seemed like something snapped inside of me, something like a suspender strap —John Steinbeck
  31. (Scandal and chaos … ) kicked up like chicken feathers —Pat Ellis Taylor
  32. My heart behaved like a fresh-caught trout —Lael Tucker Wertenbaker
  33. My heart felt like a rabbit running wildly around inside my rib cage —James Crumley
  34. My heart jumped like a fox —Scott Spencer
  35. My heart leaped like a big bass after a willow fly —Borden Deal
  36. My heart pounded like a drowning swimmer’s —Frank Conroy
  37. My heart pounded … like the hoofbeats of a horse —Charles Johnson
  38. My heart stopped as if a knife had been driven through it —Rudyard Kipling
  39. My heart turned over like a dirtbike in the wrong gear —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  40. My heart would flutter like a duck in a puddle, and if I tried to outdo it and speak, it would get right smack up in my throat and choke me like a cold potato —Irving Stone
  41. My stomach plunged like an elevator out of control —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  42. Nerves melt like jellyfish —Derek Walcott
  43. Placid as a riptide —Joseph Wambaugh
  44. The pressure was building in me like beer on a full bladder —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  45. Seemed to smoulder like a tar-barrel on the point of explosion —Lawrence Durrell
  46. The sense of horror and failure had clutched his spine like the wet, wrinkled hand of a drowned woman —William Styron
  47. Set my heart to rocking like a boat in a swell —Edna St. Vincent Millay
  48. She explodes like a chestnut thrown on the fire —Colette
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.agitation - a mental state of extreme emotional disturbanceagitation - a mental state of extreme emotional disturbance
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; "a manic state"
perturbation, upset, disturbance - an unhappy and worried mental state; "there was too much anger and disturbance"; "she didn't realize the upset she caused me"
fret, stew, swither, sweat, lather - agitation resulting from active worry; "don't get in a stew"; "he's in a sweat about exams"
dither, fuss, pother, tizzy, flap - an excited state of agitation; "he was in a dither"; "there was a terrible flap about the theft"
tailspin - loss of emotional control often resulting in emotional collapse
2.agitation - a state of agitation or turbulent change or developmentagitation - a state of agitation or turbulent change or development; "the political ferment produced new leadership"; "social unrest"
Sturm und Drang, upheaval, turbulence - a state of violent disturbance and disorder (as in politics or social conditions generally); "the industrial revolution was a period of great turbulence"
3.agitation - the feeling of being agitatedagitation - the feeling of being agitated; not calm
feeling - the experiencing of affective and emotional states; "she had a feeling of euphoria"; "he had terrible feelings of guilt"; "I disliked him and the feeling was mutual"
unrest - a feeling of restless agitation
fidget, fidgetiness, restlessness - a feeling of agitation expressed in continual motion; "he's got the fidgets"; "waiting gave him a feeling of restlessness"
stewing - an extreme state of worry and agitation; "his stewing over the fight kept him awake most of the night"
stir - emotional agitation and excitement
tumult, turmoil - violent agitation
calmness - a feeling of calm; an absence of agitation or excitement
4.agitation - disturbance usually in protestagitation - disturbance usually in protest  
disturbance - the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion
5.agitation - the act of agitating somethingagitation - the act of agitating something; causing it to move around (usually vigorously)
movement, motility, motion, move - a change of position that does not entail a change of location; "the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise"; "movement is a sign of life"; "an impatient move of his hand"; "gastrointestinal motility"
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; "constant stirring prevents it from burning on the bottom of the pan"
waggle, wag, shake - causing to move repeatedly from side to side
worrying - the act of moving something by repeated tugs or pushes; "vigorous worrying finally loosened the saw"

agitation

noun
1. struggle, fight, battle, conflict, clash, contest, encounter, combat, hostilities, strife, skirmish, tussle Seventy students were injured in the agitation.
2. turbulence, rocking, shaking, stirring, stir, tossing, disturbance, upheaval, churning, convulsion Temperature is a measure of agitation of molecules.
3. turmoil, worry, trouble, upset, alarm, confusion, excitement, disturbance, distraction, upheaval, stimulation, flurry, outcry, clamour, arousal, ferment, disquiet, commotion, fluster, lather (informal), incitement, tumult, discomposure, tizzy, tizz or tiz-woz (informal) She was in a state of emotional agitation.

agitation

noun
1. The condition of being physically agitated:
2. A state of discomposure:
Informal: lather, stew.
3. An interruption of regular procedure or of public peace:
Informal: flap, to-do.
Translations
agitacerozruch
ophidselsesindsbevægelseuro
agitációfelkavarodás
uppnám, geîshræring; áróîur
agitácia

agitation

[ˌædʒɪˈteɪʃən] N
1. (mental) → inquietud f, perturbación f
2. (= shaking) → agitación f
3. (Pol) → agitación f

agitation

[ˌædʒɪˈteɪʃən] n
(= distress) → agitation f
in a state of agitation → dans tous ses états
(political)campagne f
agitation for sth → campagne f en faveur de qch
agitation against sth → campagne f contre qch
[liquid, molecules] → agitation f

agitation

n
(lit, of liquid) → Aufrühren nt; (of surface of water)Aufwühlen nt; (of clothes in washing machine)Hin- und Herbewegung f
(fig: = anxiety, worry) → Erregung f, → Aufruhr m; (on stock market) → Bewegung f
(Pol: = incitement) → Agitation f

agitation

[ˌædʒɪˈteɪʃn] nagitazione f

agitate

(ˈӕdʒiteit) verb
1. to make (someone) excited and anxious. The news agitated her.
2. to try to arouse public feeling and action. That group is agitating for prison reform.
3. to shake. The tree was agitated by the wind.
ˈagitated adjective
ˌagiˈtation noun
ˈagitator noun
a person who tries constantly to stir up public feeling. a political agitator.

agitation

n. agitación, perturbación; alboroto.
References in classic literature ?
After pacing to and fro in much agitation, he struck his forehead, and burst out in a wild strain, singing of his hatred to Roderigo, his love for Zara, and his pleasing resolution to kill the one and win the other.
George Willard's in love with you," he said, and in spite of his agitation his voice was low and quiet.
Mademoiselle Reisz perceived her agitation and even her tears.
To the reiterated and earnest questions of her sister concerning their probable destination, she made no other answer than by pointing toward the dark group, with an agitation she could not control, and murmuring as she folded Alice to her bosom.
demanded Carr, hiding his agitation in a burst of querulous rage.
The play and slight agitation of the water, in its upward gush, wrought magically with these variegated pebbles, and made a continually shifting apparition of quaint figures, vanishing too suddenly to be definable.
At this wild and singular appeal, which indicated that Hester Prynne's situation had provoked her to little less than madness, the young minister at once came forward, pale, and holding his hand over his heart, as was his custom whenever his peculiarly nervous temperament was thrown into agitation.
Lessons, in this agitation, certainly suffered some delay; I reflected that my first duty was, by the gentlest arts I could contrive, to win the child into the sense of knowing me.
It was vouchsafed to me in me youthful days to be acquainted with shperrits" and so Tommy Finnegan went on, expounding a system of philosophy, while the perspiration came out on Jurgis' forehead, so great was his agitation and embarrassment.
With one of these in his fingers, Sam approached the colt, stroked and patted, and seemed apparently busy in soothing his agitation.
They who have been traveling long on the steppes of Tartary say, "On re-entering cultivated lands, the agitation, perplexity, and turmoil of civilization oppressed and suffocated us; the air seemed to fail us, and we felt every moment as if about to die of asphyxia.
It is said to have been drawn, several years before the present anti-slavery agitation began, by a north- ern Methodist preacher, who, while residing at the south, had an opportunity to see slaveholding mor- als, manners, and piety, with his own eyes.