Definition of agitato in English:


adverb & adjective

  • (especially as a direction after a tempo marking) in an agitated manner.

    ‘allegro agitato’
    • ‘The long middle movement, marked allegro agitato, and associated by Bloch with Yom Kippur, has an intense and clamorous opening but the mood alternated between that and pensive intervals.’
    • ‘Strindberg's stage directions instruct the mother to listen agitatedly to the Fantaisie-Impromptu, matching the agitato marking of the music.’
    • ‘The sheer tempestuousness with which Burstein attacked the furious cascade of notes in the Presto agitato brought Beethoven's music right into the 21st century.’
    • ‘The Allegro agitato is a study in broken symmetry.’
    • ‘The same goes for the Allegretto fantastico which is also quite ravishing and all is rounded off in a Molto allegro agitato that brings the work to an extremely satisfying conclusion.’


Italian, literally agitated.