the act or process of agitating; state of being agitated: She left in great agitation.
persistent urging of a political or social cause or theory before the public.
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; < Latinagitātiōn- (stem of agitātiō); see agitate, -ion
Synonyms 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.
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).