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Our goal is to agitate public unrest, so there will be a cry for change.
  to stir up — emotionally (such as anxiety) or physically (such as shaking)
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agitated agitation agitate agitating agitates agitational agitatedly
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  • Our goal is to agitate public unrest, so there will be a cry for change.
  • She gets agitated whenever the topic comes up.
  • I tried to hide my growing agitation.
  • The washing machine cleans by agitating.

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  • Under the stars of the blue summer night he walked agitatedly across the yard to the gate under the poplars.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • From the time that Garrison, Lovejoy, and others began to agitate for freedom, the slaves throughout the South kept in close touch with the progress of the movement.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • (These last words were uttered in a tone of sorrowful agitation.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Vladimir paces agitatedly to and fro, halting from time to time to gaze into distance off.
    Samuel Beckett  --  Waiting for Godot
  • Eddie was so white, when he got agitated, little rosebuds bloomed on his face, then closed again like tiny fists.
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • She starts looking agitatedly around the garden as though expecting him to jump out from behind a bush.
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic

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  • Only the young recruits are agitated.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Pierre was agitated and undecided.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Uncle Shepsel became more and more agitated.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Milkweed
  • More than once the agitation into which these reflections threw me made my friends dread a dangerous relapse.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • His mother whispered that he "just needed time," but his father grew more agitated each day.
    Mitch Albom  --  The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • Monique was the one who looked agitated—and overdressed.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Forged by Fire
  • It took them days to get the story properly blown up and themselves agitated and then to calm down and assess the situation.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • The MS. gave evidence of nervous agitation.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • The agitation with which he spoke again was not quite unmixed with anger.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • Each time she returned from the library, Inez seemed more agitated.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  A Lesson Before Dying
  • Never had she felt so agitated, mortified, grieved, at any circumstance in her life.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • BIFF [with rising agitation]:
    Arthur Miller  --  Death of a Salesman
  • They kept at it for a while, Peewee agitating until I felt that for him it was just some kind of sport. Find somebody big and mean-looking to mess with and then push your luck.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Fallen Angels
  • ...(Pointing at his sister)—that is going to be the chairman of the Committee on Unending Agitation.
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • Each time he had pulled a twig he had communicated a slight agitation to the tree—an imperceptible __________, so far as he was concerned, but an __________ sufficient to bring about the disaster.
    Jack London  --  To Build a Fire
  • When I think of them I am so agitated!
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • ...she had passed a night of extreme unrest, a night agitated above all by fears that...
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • We fell silent, listening for ... the sort of agitation an escape provokes.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • Every moment rather brought fresh agitation.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • Fanny was all agitation and flutter; all hope and apprehension.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • Catherine was always agitated by an introduction;
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • PISCHIN. [Agitated] What? Why to town?
    Anton Chekhov  --  The Cherry Orchard
  • she was in a state of agitation which could not be hidden.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • where the sun shone right on it the lake seemed to be in violent agitation, almost boiling.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Golden Apples
  • In spite of his apparent outward composure, he was evidently in a state of great mental agitation.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • ALAN is very agitated.
    Peter Shaffer  --  Equus
  • For a week Martin’s life had all the regularity of an escaped soldier in the enemy’s country, with the same agitation
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • " He runs a hand through his hair, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen him so agitated.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • The cameras flashing at me as I stood like some Frankenstein’s monster, fearful and agitated by the villager torches.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Elise, though clearly more agitated than she usually was, appeared to be the image of calm.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • There was a surprising amount of agitation in his voice; Clary knew how upset he’d been that Alec was unhappy, but she wasn’t sure Alec knew it.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • His mother looked agitated.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • My father became more agitated.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • Just as we were about to, Hugh burst through a thicket of bushes into our makeshift camp, bees circling his head in an agitated cloud.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • He’d been especially agitated the last few weeks, and my parents, who feared he was becoming a danger to himself, were seriously considering putting him in a home.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Levy was agitated.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • With a scheduled execution approaching, people on the row were agitated and angry.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Still, with the owners in their seventies, Travis wasn’t comfortable asking them to walk the horse for fifteen minutes every hour, in case the horse became more agitated or took a turn for the worse.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • The noise agitated several of the others who moved restlessly in their cots.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • He looked quite agitated, stiff in the face, and nearly slung her to the ground when he saw me.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
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