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agitator

[aj-i-tey-ter] /ˈædʒ ɪˌteɪ tər/
noun
1.
a person who stirs up others in order to upset the status quo and further a political, social, or other cause:
The boss said he would fire any union agitators.
2.
a machine or device for agitating and mixing.
Origin
1730-1740
1730-40; agitate + -or2
Related forms
agitatorial
[aj-i-tuh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ˌædʒ ɪ təˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for agitatorial

agitator

/ˈædʒɪˌteɪtə/
noun
1.
a person who agitates for or against a cause, etc
2.
a device, machine, or part used for mixing, shaking, or vibrating a material, usually a fluid
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Word Origin and History for agitatorial

agitator

n.

1640s, agent noun from agitate (v.); originally "elected representative of the common soldiers in Cromwell's army," who brought grievances (chiefly over lack of pay) to their officers and Parliament.

Political sense is first recorded 1734, and negative overtones began with its association with Irish patriots such as Daniel O'Connell (1775-1847). Historically, in American English, often with outside and referring to people who stir up a supposedly contented class or race. Latin agitator meant "a driver, a charioteer."

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