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AGITATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does agitation mean? 

AGITATION (noun)
  The noun AGITATION has 5 senses:

1. a mental state of extreme emotional disturbance
2. a state of agitation or turbulent change or development
3. the feeling of being agitated; not calm
4. disturbance usually in protest
5. the act of agitating something; causing it to move around (usually vigorously)

  Familiarity information: AGITATION used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


AGITATION (noun)


Sense 1agitation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A mental state of extreme emotional disturbance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Hypernyms ("agitation" is a kind of...):

mental state; psychological state ((psychology) a mental condition in which the qualities of a state are relatively constant even though the state itself may be dynamic)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "agitation"):

disturbance; perturbation; upset (an unhappy and worried mental state)

fret; lather; stew; sweat; swither (agitation resulting from active worry)

dither; flap; fuss; pother; tizzy (an excited state of agitation)

tailspin (loss of emotional control often resulting in emotional collapse)


Sense 2agitation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A state of agitation or turbulent change or development

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

ferment; unrest; agitation; fermentation; tempestuousness

Context examples:

the political ferment produced new leadership / social unrest

Hypernyms ("agitation" is a kind of...):

Sturm und Drang; turbulence; upheaval (a state of violent disturbance and disorder (as in politics or social conditions generally))


Sense 3agitation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The feeling of being agitated; not calm

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Hypernyms ("agitation" is a kind of...):

feeling (the experiencing of affective and emotional states)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "agitation"):

tumult; turmoil (violent agitation)

stir (emotional agitation and excitement)

stewing (an extreme state of worry and agitation)

fidget; fidgetiness; restlessness (a feeling of agitation expressed in continual motion)

unrest (a feeling of restless agitation)

Antonym:

calmness (a feeling of calm; an absence of agitation or excitement)


Sense 4agitation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Disturbance usually in protest

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

hullabaloo; turmoil; agitation; excitement; upheaval

Hypernyms ("agitation" is a kind of...):

disturbance (the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion)


Sense 5agitation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of agitating something; causing it to move around (usually vigorously)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("agitation" is a kind of...):

motility; motion; move; movement (a change of position that does not entail a change of location)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "agitation"):

shaking (the act of causing something to move up and down (or back and forth) with quick movements)

stirring (agitating a liquid with an implement)

shake; wag; waggle (causing to move repeatedly from side to side)

worrying (the act of moving something by repeated tugs or pushes)


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