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agitation (n.)

1560s, "debate, discussion" (on the notion of "a 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 "to set in motion, drive forward; keep in movement" (from PIE root *ag- "to drive, draw out or forth, move").

Physical sense of "state of being shaken or moving violently" is from 1580s; meaning "state of being mentally agitated" is from 1722; that of "arousing and sustaining public attention" to some political or social cause is from 1828.

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Definitions of agitation from WordNet

agitation (n.)
a mental state of extreme emotional disturbance;
agitation (n.)
a state of agitation or turbulent change or development;
Synonyms: ferment / fermentation / tempestuousness / unrest
agitation (n.)
the feeling of being agitated; not calm;
agitation (n.)
disturbance usually in protest;
agitation (n.)
the act of agitating something; causing it to move around (usually vigorously);
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