rous·​ing | \ ˈrau̇-ziŋ \

Definition of rousing

1a : giving rise to excitement : stirring a rousing speech
b : brisk, lively
2 : exceptional, superlative a rousing success

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Other Words from rousing

rousingly adverb

Examples of rousing in a Sentence

She was met with a rousing reception. a rousing rendition of our national anthem

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Unsurprisingly, the evening turned out to be a rousing success. Devon Elizabeth, Glamour, "This Video of Prince Harry Singing a Hamilton Song Will Royally Make Your Day," 30 Aug. 2018 Unsurprisingly, the evening turned out to be a rousing success. Devon Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Prince Harry Sings "You'll Be Back" on the "Hamilton" Stage," 30 Aug. 2018 One of those prospects was Syndergaard, and the deal was a rousing success. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "What the Mets Need Now: Some Yankees-Style Boldness," 8 June 2018 Songs are by turns poignant, laugh-out-loud funny and rousing anthems. Elisa Murray, The Seattle Times, "Leapin’ lizards! We leaped through 3 family holiday shows, from ‘Annie’ to ‘Matilda’ to ‘Wonderland’," 5 Dec. 2018 Aside from the rousing applause for the Koreans, teams from Palestine, Syria, Taiwan and Indonesia received extra bursts of enthusiasm from the crowd. Niniek Karmini, Fox News, "Unified Koreas athletes center of attention at Asiad opener," 18 Aug. 2018 Later that afternoon Heard will deliver a rousing speech at a local amphitheater. Vanessa Chow, Glamour, "Amber Heard Is Nobody’s Victim," 27 Nov. 2018 The seven-time NL MVP was greeted with a rousing ovation as fans chanted his name. Janie Mccauley, Fox News, "Home run king Barry Bonds has his No. 25 retired by Giants," 12 Aug. 2018 There, group leader Dutch van der Linde—the brains and heart of the operation—gives a rousing speech, telling everyone to earn their keep by gathering supplies, food, munitions, and, of course, money. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Red Dead Redemption II review: Getting muddy in the wide-open frontier," 25 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of rousing

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of rousing was in 1576

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English Language Learners Definition of rousing

: done or said with great enthusiasm or excitement

: causing great emotion, excitement, or enthusiasm

: unusually good

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