Ag`i*ta"tion (#), n. [L. agitatio: cf. F. agitation.]

1.

The act of agitating, or the state of being agitated; the state of being moved with violence, or with irregular action; commotion; as, the sea after a storm is in agitation.

2.

A stirring up or arousing; disturbance of tranquillity; disturbance of mind which shows itself by physical excitement; perturbation; as, to cause any one agitation.

3.

Excitement of public feeling by discussion, appeals, etc.; as, the antislavery agitation; labor agitation.

"Religious agitations."

Prescott.

4.

Examination or consideration of a subject in controversy, or of a plan proposed for adoption; earnest discussion; debate.

A logical agitation of the matter. L'Estrange.

The project now in agitation. Swift.

Syn. -- Emotion; commotion; excitement; trepidation; tremor; perturbation. See Emotion.

 

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