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 anti-government agitators. a political agitator who led an unsuccessful revolt against the government
Recent Examples on the Web Who, David Remnick asks, is the true agitator behind the racial unrest? Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Examining Vicky Osterweil’s Case for Looting," 3 Sep. 2020 Jeremey Johnson says he has been falsely accused of being an agitator who helped turn a Loop march last weekend into a violent clash with police. Sydney Czyzon,, "‘To call me an agitator just flips all of the narrative on its head,’ says protester accused of hitting Chicago cop with skateboard," 21 Aug. 2020 Entering the series, the matchup between the veteran agitator Perry, 35, and the young pest Tkachuk, 22, was billed as two birds of a feather, even if Tkachuk is the far superior player currently. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "To keep their season alive, the Stars need to solve an issue that’s plagued them all season," 12 Aug. 2020 Even after the spear from Ferland, Hartman still had Vancouver's attention with its top agitator, Antoine Roussel, trying to instigate action at the faceoff circle in the final minute of play. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, "Playoffs call for toughness, and Wild is up to the task," 3 Aug. 2020 The outside agitator narrative has been used to deter sympathy for past movements, and the same is happening today, said Fitzgerald. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "5 reasons experts say we should be wary of labeling protesters as 'outside agitators'," 4 June 2020 New Motion Technology simulates the agitator effect of traditional top-load washers without the wear-and-tear on your clothing. Mark Heim |, al, "Post July 4 deal: Sears’ appliance sale of up to 40 percent off ends today," 7 July 2020 As president, this sort of brazen disorientation tactic has emerged as one of his most fascinating, if infuriating, abilities as a performer, equal parts agitator and enchanter. Jason Parham, Wired, "Trump's Latest Antics Are Just Reality TV Rebooted," 25 June 2020 One agitator group on Twitter posting photos inside CHAZ showed a list of items needed by demonstrators including cigarettes, tents and bedding. Fox News, "Dispatch from 'CHAZ': Tweets call for guns, Gatorade and cigarettes as cops struggle to figure out who's in charge," 13 June 2020

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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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The first known use of agitator was in 1663

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7 Sep 2020

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“Agitator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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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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