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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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 As Americans see it, the last two Democratic presidencies have been rousing successes, while the previous two Republican ones have been miserable failures. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Poll: Barack Obama Was the Greatest President of Our Lifetime," 11 July 2018 Ayton’s first game in a Suns’ uniform wasn’t a rousing success, at least from a statistical perspective. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "Quiet night for Ayton, but Okobo, Bridges impressive as Suns roll to Summer League win," 6 July 2018 The idea was an rousing success as the team raised $10,137 for the park. Wells Dusenbury,, "St. Thomas Aquinas lacrosse raises $10K for playground in Meadow Pollack's memory," 30 June 2018 Whether Serena Williams advances deep into the French Open or loses her third-round match this weekend, the Grand Slam return of the greatest champion in tennis history has already been a rousing success. Chris Chase, For The Win, "Serena Williams has already won the French Open," 31 May 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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