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
Recent Examples of agita from the Web
Despite the simmering agita of her Rocky Mountain characters, this is fiction as comfort food, as goopy and pacifying as the sloppy joes Elena dishes out to the kids.
His stubbornness has caused him and his staff untold agita in his first 112 days in office.
Watching a president who is in near-constant combat with the national media adds to the agita.
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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: 1979See Words from the same year
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