agitation

[aj-i-tey-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act or process of agitating; state of being agitated: She left in great agitation.
2.
persistent urging of a political or social cause or theory before the public.
3.
Also called psychomotor agitation. psychological and physical restlessness, manifested by pacing, hand-wringing, or other activity, sometimes occurring as a symptom of severe depression, schizophrenia, or other mental disorder.

Origin:
1560–70; < Latin agitātiōn- (stem of agitātiō); see agitate, -ion

agitational, adjective
overagitation, noun
preagitation, noun
proagitation, adjective
reagitation, noun
superagitation, noun
underagitation, noun


1. tumult, storm; unrest, disquiet; struggle, conflict; perturbation, ado. Agitation, disturbance, excitement, turmoil imply inner unrest, uneasiness, or apprehension. Agitation implies a shaken state of emotions, usually perceptible in the face or movements: With evident agitation she opened the telegram. Disturbance implies an inner disquiet caused by worry, indecision, apprehension, or the like: Long-continued mental disturbance is a cause of illness. Excitement implies a highly emotional state caused by either agreeable or distressing circumstances: excitement over a proposed trip, unexpected good news, a fire. Turmoil suggests such a struggle or conflict of emotions that one is unable to think consecutively: Her thoughts were in a hopeless turmoil. 2. debate, discussion, argument.
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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
 
agitational
 
adj

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agitation
1560s, "mental tossing to and fro," from L. agitationem (nom. agitatio) "motion, agitation," from agitatus, pp. of agitare "move to and fro," frequentative of agere in its sense of "to drive" (see act).
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Example sentences
What that kid didn't know is that oil and water actually can be mixed, with a
  little help from heat and agitation.
Anger and agitation can definitely be part of depression.
Doing away with the back-and-forth agitation saves wear and tear on clothes.
After a fast-paced workout, the muscles relax and often the worry or agitation
  eases as well.
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