n. The act of agitating, or the state of being agitated.n. Disturbance of the mind; perturbation; excitement of passion.n. Examination of a subject in controversy; deliberation; discussion; debate.n. The act of arousing public attention to a political or social question by speeches, etc. Synonyms Agitation, Trepidation, Tremor, Emotion, excitement, flutter. Tremor is, in its literal use, wholly physical; it may be in a part of the body or the whole; it is generally less violent than trepidation. Trepidation and agitation are more often used of the mind than of the body. But all three words may express states either of the body or the mind, or of both at once through reflex influence. Trepidation is generally the result of fear; it is the excited anticipation of speedy disaster, penalty, etc. Agitation may be retrospective and occasioned by that which is pleasant; it includes the meaning of trepidation and a part of that of emotion. Emotion is used only of the mind; it is the broadest and highest of these words, covering all movements of feeling, whether of pleasure or pain, from agitation to the pleasure that the mind may take in abstract truth.