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agitate
used in Arrowsmith

18 uses
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Definition
to stir up or shake — emotionally (as when people are angered or upset) or physically (as when a washing machine cleans clothes)
  • For a week Martin's life had all the regularity of an escaped soldier in the enemy's country, with the same agitation
    Chapter 28 (58% in)
agitation = anxiety (nervousness and worry)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • The light had gone out abruptly, as though an agitated watcher were trying to hide from him.
    Chapter 2 (30% in)
  • He agitated the mouth of the tube in the Bunsen burner, droning, "Every time you take the plug from a tube, flame the mouth of the tube.
    Chapter 4 (20% in)
  • But his agitation broke against the solidity of his union with Leora.
    Chapter 6 (47% in)
  • After the fifth dance he was agitated.
    Chapter 7 (27% in)
  • As Martin tried to hold them he heard the agitated pounding of a policeman's night stick on the pavement.
    Chapter 7 (93% in)
  • Their last agitation was removed by the complacence of Mr. Tozer.
    Chapter 10 (73% in)
  • All South Zenith was agitated by the glare on the low-hung clouds, the smell of scorched timber, the infernal bells of charging fire-apparatus.
    Chapter 11 (1% in)
  • For he doubted all progress of the intellect and the emotions, and he doubted, most of all, the superiority of divine mankind to the cheerful dogs, the infallibly graceful cats, the unmoral and unagitated and irreligious horses, the superbly adventuring seagulls.
    Chapter 12 (28% in)
  • The citizens had formerly been agitated by his irreligion, his moral looseness, and his lack of local patriotism, but when they were prodded out of their comfortable and probably beneficial dirt, they exploded.
    Chapter 18 (7% in)
  • In their common misery they forgot that they had been agitated by a girl named Orchid.
    Chapter 20 (26% in)
  • ...the superiority of fresh air to warmth in schools, about the hygienic dangers of dirty streets about the real danger of alcohol, about the value of face-masks in influenza epidemics, about most of the things they tub-thumped in their campaigns, Pickerbaugh merely became angry, and Martin wanted to resign, and saw Irving Watters again, and returned to Pickerbaugh with new zeal, and was in general as agitated and wretched as a young revolutionist discovering the smugness of his leaders.
    Chapter 21 (37% in)
  • Parents' associations he enlightened upon "the saving in doctors' bills of treating the child before maladjustments go too far,' but to physicians he gave assurance that public health agitation would merely make the custom of going regularly to doctors more popular.
    Chapter 21 (42% in)
  • In agitation he tore a match-box from his coat pocket, scratched a match, snapped on the light.
    Chapter 28 (95% in)
  • Leora and he went without too much agitation to the house of Ross McGurk, in the East Seventies, near Fifth Avenue.
    Chapter 29 (60% in)
  • But his imagination had ceased to agitate him.
    Chapter 33 (22% in)
  • The softness of her sleeve was agitating to his hand.
    Chapter 35 (14% in)
  • File on file of people, black, white, Hindu, stood in an agitated cue a block long, ten deep, waiting dumbly, as for death.
    Chapter 35 (59% in)

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