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 for agitation
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Agitation \Ag`i*ta"tion\, n. [L. agitatio: cf. F. agitation.]
     1. The act of agitating, or the state of being agitated; the
        state of being moved with violence, or with irregular
        action; commotion; as, the sea after a storm is in
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     2. A stirring up or arousing; disturbance of tranquillity;
        disturbance of mind which shows itself by physical
        excitement; perturbation; as, to cause any one agitation.
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     3. Excitement of public feeling by discussion, appeals, etc.;
        as, the antislavery agitation; labor agitation. "Religious
        agitations." --Prescott.
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     4. Examination or consideration of a subject in controversy,
        or of a plan proposed for adoption; earnest discussion;
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              A logical agitation of the matter.    --L'Estrange.
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              The project now in agitation.         --Swift.
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     Syn: Emotion; commotion; excitement; trepidation; tremor;
          perturbation. See Emotion.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a mental state of extreme emotional disturbance
      2: a state of agitation or turbulent change or development; "the
         political ferment produced new leadership"; "social unrest"
         [syn: agitation, ferment, fermentation,
         tempestuousness, unrest]
      3: the feeling of being agitated; not calm [ant: calmness]
      4: disturbance usually in protest [syn: agitation,
         excitement, turmoil, upheaval, hullabaloo]
      5: the act of agitating something; causing it to move around
         (usually vigorously)

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  190 Moby Thesaurus words for "agitation":
     ado, aggravation, all-overs, angst, animation, anxiety,
     anxiety hysteria, anxiety neurosis, anxious bench, anxious concern,
     anxious seat, anxiousness, apprehension, apprehensiveness, arousal,
     arousing, attack of nerves, bluster, bother, botheration, brawl,
     broil, brouhaha, buck fever, burst, bustle, cacophony,
     cankerworm of care, care, case of nerves, chaos, chills of fear,
     churning, cold creeps, cold shivers, cold sweat, commotion,
     concern, concernment, confusion, creeps, disquiet, disquietude,
     distress, disturbance, dither, dread, ebullience, ebullition, eddy,
     effervescence, electrification, embroilment, exacerbation,
     exasperation, excessive irritability, excitation, excitement,
     exhilaration, fanaticism, fear, fear and trembling, feery-fary,
     ferment, fermentation, fidgetiness, fidgets, firing, fit, flap,
     flurry, fluster, flutter, flutteriness, fomentation, foofaraw,
     foreboding, forebodingness, frenzy, fume, furor, furore, fury,
     fuss, fussiness, galvanization, goose bumps, gooseflesh,
     heartquake, horripilation, hubbub, hullabaloo, hurly-burly, hurry,
     hurry-scurry, incitation, incitement, inflammation, infuriation,
     inquietude, instigation, irritation, jimjams, lather, lathering up,
     maelstrom, malaise, misgiving, morbid excitability, nerves,
     nervosity, nervous stomach, nervous strain, nervous tension,
     nervousness, overanxiety, palpitation, pandemonium, panic,
     panickiness, passion, pell-mell, pep rally, pep talk, perturbation,
     pins and needles, pother, provocation, pucker, quaking,
     quiver of terror, rabble-rousing, racket, rage, restlessness, row,
     ruckus, ruffle, rumpus, scramble, shaking, shivers, solicitude,
     spasm, spell of nerves, spurt, stage fright, state of nerves,
     steaming up, stew, stimulation, stimulus, stir, stirring,
     stirring up, stirring-up, storminess, strain, suspense, sweat,
     swirl, swirling, tempestuousness, tension, thrill of fear, tic,
     to-do, trepidation, trepidity, trouble, tumult, tumultuousness,
     turbulence, turmoil, twitching, uneasiness, unquiet, unquietness,
     uproar, upset, vellication, vexation, vortex, whipping up, whirl,
     wildness, working up, yeastiness, zeal, zealousness

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