ag·​i·​ta·​tor ˈa-jə-ˌtā-tər How to pronounce agitator (audio)
: one that agitates: such as
: one who stirs up public feeling on controversial issues
political agitators
: a device or an apparatus for stirring or shaking

Examples of agitator in a Sentence

The police arrested several anti-government agitators. a political agitator who led an unsuccessful revolt against the government
Recent Examples on the Web And what essentially happened was a group of far-right agitators, including members of the Proud Boys and other extremist groups converged on Pacific Beach for a protest. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2024 And while Chile certainly isn’t hurting for irreverence ​​– just look at uproarious agitators KUINA and Guro – the prevailing trend is more aligned with R&B en español, as with silken projects like Kode and Bouncy Boys Band. Richard Villegas, Rolling Stone, 1 Apr. 2024 The past week, however, has seen the Spirit Awards in Santa Monica disrupted not by speeches, but by an outside-the-tent agitator with an amplified bullhorn. Steven Gaydos, Variety, 27 Feb. 2024 The ad appealed to King for patience in dealing with the issues of segregation, calling him an outside agitator and asking protesters to obey the laws. USA TODAY, 14 Jan. 2024 For machine-washable down comforters, Martinez suggests washing in cold water and skipping the agitator. Sharon Brandwein, Southern Living, 2 Jan. 2024 There’s no love lost between conventional Democratic political operatives and the agitators who seem to believe that making life as miserable as possible for everyone else is a productive enterprise. Noah Rothman, National Review, 2 Jan. 2024 By mid-2021, online rumors accusing left-wing agitators of instigating the Capitol riot had fizzled out. Josh Dawsey, Washington Post, 6 Jan. 2024 With top-loading machines, you might be tempted to choose one without an agitator to have even more room, but Sheinkopf says the larger washers without agitators simply don't wash clothes as well. Barbara Bellesi Zito, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Nov. 2023

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Word History


agitate + -or entry 1

First Known Use

1663, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of agitator was in 1663

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“Agitator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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ag·​i·​ta·​tor ˈaj-ə-ˌtāt-ər How to pronounce agitator (audio)
: a person who stirs up public feeling
: a device for stirring or shaking

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