rous·​ing | \ ˈrau̇-ziŋ How to pronounce rousing (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web But this season, which ended Sunday with a rousing 88-77 win over No. oregonlive, "Oregon State’s 88-77 win over No. 14 Oregon caps magical end to a regular season that coach Scott Rueck calls ‘hard to beat’," 1 Mar. 2021 The lineup got a rousing response from the 1,135 fans in attendance, but Brannen quickly pulled the plug on the group after the Tigers scored the game's first six points. Keith Jenkins, The Enquirer, "Late UC rally falls short as Bearcats stumble to Memphis 80-74 on impromptu senior day," 28 Feb. 2021 Yesterday, all eyes were on the nation’s youngest inaugural poet, Amanda Gorman, who delivered a deeply rousing and uplifting address to her nation. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "24 Joyful Headbands Inspired by Amanda Gorman’s Prada Accessory," 21 Jan. 2021 The three Gophers received a rousing welcome from teammates, including Sampo Ranta, a Finn, and Jack LaFontaine, a Canadian. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, "U.S. is well-represented, coast to coast, on world junior championship team," 9 Jan. 2021 Final Fantasy VII Remake, meanwhile, is at once a rousing action-RPG and a subversive take on the very concepts of remakes and fan service. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Technica ultimate holiday gift guide 2020," 14 Dec. 2020 Things get off to a rousing start with Joel Swanson and his Frogpig puppet relating the opening scene in Scrooge’s office, where Bob Cratchit just wants another coal for the fire and a day off for Christmas. Matthew J. Palm,, "‘Christmas Carol’ variations work — to a point | Reviews," 12 Dec. 2020 The track, which was introduced in 1929, was very familiar as a rousing song of celebration. Paul Grein, Billboard, "These 12 Songs Got Grammy Nominations for Record of the Year But Didn't Crack the Billboard Hot 100," 1 Dec. 2020 In his push to hold the state, President Trump called on veterans of his 2016 campaign — including Iowa native Eric Branstad, who with his father, longtime former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, gave a rousing show of support. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "Trump repeats 2016 victory in Iowa," 4 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of rousing

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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5 Mar 2021

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“Rousing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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