agitation noun

1 worry/excitement

ADJ. acute, considerable, extreme, great

VERB + AGITATION show trying not to show her agitation | conceal, hide He could not hide his agitation.

PREP. in sb's ~ He knocked his glass over in his agitation. | with ~ She was wriggling on the seat with agitation.

PHRASES a feeling/state of agitation

2 public protest

ADJ. growing | mass, popular, public | political

VERB + AGITATION engage in, turn to The organization is turning to political agitation in order to achieve its aims. | stir up

PREP. ~ against There has been mass agitation against the president. | ~ for There is growing agitation for reform of local government.