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agitator

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noun ag·i·ta·tor \ˈa-jə-ˌtā-tər\

Simple Definition of agitator

  • : a person who tries to get people angry or upset so that they will support an effort to change a government, company, etc.

  • : a device for stirring or shaking something in a machine (such as a washing machine)

Full Definition of agitator

  1. :  one that agitates: as a :  one who stirs up public feeling on controversial issues <political agitators> b :  a device or an apparatus for stirring or shaking

Examples of agitator

  1. The police arrested several antigovernment agitators.

  2. <a political agitator who led an unsuccessful revolt against the government>



1663

First Known Use of agitator

1663

Rhymes with agitator

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