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

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 instead of sinking into a prolonged downturn, the economy staged an unexpectedly rousing recovery, fueled by vast infusions of government aid and emergency intervention by the Fed, which slashed rates, among other things. Paul Wiseman, Chron, 12 Apr. 2022 Appearing with a live band, the British singer gave a rousing rendition of the catchy song. Emily Zemler, Rolling Stone, 31 Mar. 2022 In their rousing and authoritative study The Anti-Oligarchy Constitution, Joseph Fishkin and William E. Forbath attempt to recover the Constitution’s pivotal role in shaping claims of justice and equality. Chris Lehmann, The New Republic, 10 Feb. 2022 The crowd exploded during introductions — even offering former Dodger and nemesis Kenley Jansen a rousing ovation. Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2022 Once again, Gustern’s spirit received a rousing ovation. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 27 Mar. 2022 Justin Lewis got off to a rousing start at Marquette, beating Wisconsin with a tap in at the buzzer in just his fourth game. Mike Hart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Mar. 2022 Golden State, third in the Western Conference, was coming off a rousing win at Miami on Wednesday before faltering against the Hawks. George Henry, ajc, 26 Mar. 2022 The home team delivered a rousing 4-3 win, the perfect ending for the Kraken’s special day. Joe Mock, USA TODAY, 11 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of rousing

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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4 May 2022

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“Rousing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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