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.


  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

1560s, “mental tossing to and fro,” from French agitation, from Latin agitationem (nominative agitatio) “motion, agitation,” noun of action from past participle stem of agitare “move to and fro,” frequentative of agere in its sense of “to drive” (see act (n.)).

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