Definition of agita
: a feeling of agitation or anxiety
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Examples of agita in a Sentence
took a deep breath to dispel her agita as she stepped onstage
Did You Know?
Judging by its spelling and meaning, you might think that "agita" is simply a shortened version of "agitation," but that's not the case. Both "agitation" and the verb "agitate" derive from Latin agere ("to drive"). "Agita," which first appeared in American English in the early 1980s, comes from a dialectical pronunciation of the Italian word acido, meaning "heartburn" or "acid," from Latin acidus. ("Agita" is also occasionally used in English with the meaning "heartburn.") For a while the word's usage was limited to New York City and surrounding regions, but the word became more widespread in the mid-90s.
Origin and Etymology of agita
Southern Italian dialect pronunciation of Italian acido, literally, heartburn, acid, from Latin acidus
First Known Use: 1979
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