agitator

noun
ag·​i·​ta·​tor | \ ˈa-jə-ˌtā-tər How to pronounce agitator (audio) \

Definition of agitator

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

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Examples of agitator in a Sentence

The police arrested several antigovernment agitators. a political agitator who led an unsuccessful revolt against the government

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Washing machines without agitators are gentler and allow more room for shoes to move freely. Isadora Baum, SELF, "Here’s How to Clean Sneakers Depending on the Material," 17 Feb. 2019 And if your washer has an agitator in the middle, don't wrap the sheets around it. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Wash Sheets — Plus the Mistakes You Might Be Making," 16 Oct. 2018 That included Definers, which circulated a document casting Soros as a force behind Facebook’s agitators. Emily Stewart, Vox, "There are many reasons to be mad at Sheryl Sandberg. Asking about Soros’s Facebook interests isn’t one of them.," 30 Nov. 2018 In just two seasons in the N.H.L., Matt Tkachuk, the Calgary Flames’ left winger, has earned a reputation as one of the league’s most skilled, and most annoying, agitators. Neal E. Boudette, New York Times, "N.H.L. Is Expected to Bring Another Tkachuk Into the Fold," 21 June 2018 Ortega’s government blames the violence on right-wing agitators. Joshua Partlow, Washington Post, "Death toll reaches 100 in Nicaragua as political violence intensifies," 1 June 2018 These men form a small but important part of the voting base for Mr. López Obrador, who began his political career in the 1970s as an oil industry agitator. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Two States of Mexico Reveal the Split Driving Sunday’s Presidential Election," 28 June 2018 López Obrador has been a fixture on the Mexican left for decades, mostly as an agitator against the dominant parties and political elites, who fear his economic agenda and his tendency to rally the masses for his causes. Joshua Partlow, Washington Post, "If he becomes president, this man will turn Mexico’s White House into a public park," 4 June 2018 The question is whether Pelosi or the Democratic agitators can be more convincing. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Why Nancy Pelosi is still confident she’ll become House speaker," 9 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of agitator

1663, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for agitator

agitate + -or entry 1

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agitator

noun

English Language Learners Definition of agitator

usually disapproving : 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)

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