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 anti-government agitators. a political agitator who led an unsuccessful revolt against the government
Recent Examples on the Web Most of all, as outside agitator Dan Loeb has been proselytizing, the changes don’t provide money to create enough new shows for Disney to be anything but ancillary in a streaming market dominated by Netflix, Amazon and YouTube. WSJ, "Business Doesn’t Stop for the Election," 13 Oct. 2020 Who, David Remnick asks, is the true agitator behind the racial unrest? Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Doris Burke on Life Inside the N.B.A. Bubble," 30 Sep. 2020 Who, David Remnick asks, is the true agitator behind the racial unrest? Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Doris Burke on Life Inside the N.B.A. Bubble," 30 Sep. 2020 Who, David Remnick asks, is the true agitator behind the racial unrest? Zz Packer, The New Yorker, "The Empty Facts of the Breonna Taylor Decision," 27 Sep. 2020 The debate over whether Comcast Corp. should break up its business has once again entered the spotlight after corporate agitator Trian Fund Management disclosed a new stake in the company earlier this week. Scott Deveau, Bloomberg.com, "Trian Investment in Comcast Fuels Debate on Breaking It Up," 25 Sep. 2020 Okay, okay, but Sheryl Crow—hard-core feminist, rock star, agitator—has some beauty secrets, right? Jenny Singer, Glamour, "All I Wanna Do...Is Listen to Sheryl Crow Talk About Feminism, Aging, and Motherhood," 25 Sep. 2020 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, chicagotribune.com, "‘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

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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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25 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Agitator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/agitator. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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agitator

noun
How to pronounce agitator (audio)

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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