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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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 Saturday's ceremony featured a rousing, fiery address from Chicago bishop Michael Curry, a gospel choir plus a diverse array of guests from blue-blood royals to Hollywood celebrities. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Royal Family expresses thanks after Harry and Meghan's radical day," 20 May 2018 The Arsenal and Huddersfield supporters then showed their class by giving Wenger a rousing reception in the 22nd minute of the game - to celebrate his 22 years in charge of the north London club., "VIDEO: Departing Arsene Wenger Shows Brilliant Gestures of Thanks to Fans in Final Arsenal Game," 14 May 2018 Neon has snapped up North American rights to Reinaldo Marcus Green's feature directing debut, Monsters and Men, which received a rousing reception at the drama's world premiere Friday at the Sundance Film Festival. Tatiana Siegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "Sundance: Neon Nabs Police Shooting Drama 'Monsters and Men'," 22 Jan. 2018 Career employees filled up the front seats at Wheeler’s speech — and gave him a rousing round of applause both before and after its conclusion — as dozens of reporters and cameras documented his remarks. Washington Post,, "New EPA chief tells employees, ‘When it comes to leadership, you can’t lead unless you listen’," 11 July 2018 What better way to spend a group date than to have the guys give a rousing debate? Becca Kufrin,, "Bachelorette Becca Kufrin on That 'Embarrassing' Group Date — and Falling for One 'Standup Man'," 9 July 2018 More than 110 young adults and their family members attended the Saturday morning event, a morning of high fives and chatter, from the first pitch at 10 a.m. to a rousing game that ended at noon. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "Eva’s Heroes drafts former professional baseball players as mentors in San Antonio," 19 June 2018 Flag Day commemorates the selection of our official flag of the United States, the familiar, rousing and stirring Stars and Stripes! Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "Here’s to the U.S. flag!," 13 June 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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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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