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To think the mother was afraid he would turn out an agitator!

You'd never dream that he was an agitator or that he'd want to lead a rebellion.

He understands the Irish agitator, but the English Separatist beats him.

Since he was a boy firing a locomotive engine, he has been an agitator.

This is hardly the tone of the agitator as known to us to-day.

For instance, the House elects Papineau, the agitator, speaker.

The Nationalisation of the Dinner-jacket would be death to the Agitator.

It was Bunny's father, the agitator and anarchistic lecturer.

Sumner was ever after in great demand as a speaker and anti-Southern agitator.

"Pisistratus, you are as great an agitator as your namesake," cried my father, smiling.

WORD ORIGIN

1640s, agent noun from agitate (v.); originally "elected representative of the common soldiers in Cromwell's army," who brought grievances (chiefly over lack of pay) to their officers and Parliament.

Political sense is first recorded 1734, and negative overtones began with its association with Irish patriots such as Daniel O'Connell (1775-1847). Historically, in American English, often with outside and referring to people who stir up a supposedly contented class or race. Latin agitator meant "a driver, a charioteer."

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