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agitation

ag·i·ta·tion

agitation

 
 
pronunciation:
ae j teI shn
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act or process of disturbing or stirring up.
similar words:
consternation, disturbance, fret, turbulence
definition 2: the condition resulting from such an act; turmoil or disturbance.
The suspect's agitation increased when the officers began to question him about his past.
antonyms:
calm, peace, tranquillity
similar words:
consternation, convulsion, disturbance, fret, nerve, stir, tempest
definition 3: the stirring up of public unrest or controversy over some social or political issue.
The leader of the movement believed that agitation was the only way to bring about change.
derivation: agitational (adj.)
Word Parts
The word agitation contains the following part:
-ation Latin noun-forming suffix that means the act, process, or result of
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The suffix -ation is a compound of -ate1 + -ion. It turns verbs ending in -ate into nouns (decorate/ decoration ). Not all nouns with this suffix, however, have a corresponding verb ending in -ate (information , alteration ).