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

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Lady Gaga celebrated Pride Month with a rousing speech between songs in front of a packed audience at Harlem’s Apollo Theater on Monday. Alexander Kacala, NBC News, "Lady Gaga honors Pride Month, Stonewall uprising at NYC concert," 25 June 2019 The foursome then delivered a rousing performance, complete with choreography by Sergio Trujillo. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Deepika Padukone, Kendall Jenner, and the Stars of “Ain't Too Proud” Attend the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Youth Anxiety Center Dinner," 18 June 2019 Fresh off a rousing first quarter in his return from a right calf injury, Durant dropped to the floor and grabbed the same leg after trying a crossover dribble against Serge Ibaka. Rusty Simmons,, "Warriors’ Kevin Durant exits Game 5 with apparent leg injury," 10 June 2019 Next weekend, June 15, the pirates will land at the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House for a rousing good time. Ron Browning,, "Havre de Grace: First Friday and Jazz & Blues Fest highlight weekend," 6 June 2019 Twenty-four goats brought to devour weeds in Manhattan’s Riverside Park got a rousing welcome, with an explosion of applause, selfies and b-a-a-a-a-d puns. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Herd on the Street: Goats Arrive With Fanfare at New York City Park," 21 May 2019 Others set to take the stage include Jennifer Lopez, Camila Cabello, Macklemore, Kesha, Salt-N-Pepa, En Vogue, Zedd, Maren Morris, and K-pop group BTS, who earned a rousing and screeching applause from fans each time the camera panned to them. Mesfin Fekadu,, "Kelly Clarkson honors school shooting victims at Billboard Awards," 21 May 2018 After the rousing performance, others including Tina Fey, Iman, and the stars of the show celebrated late into the evening to many cheers. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Oprah, Uma, and Everyone You Know Flocked to To Kill a Mockingbird’s Broadway Opening," 14 Dec. 2018 The prince gave a rousing speech, and the crowd was elated when his wife Meghan joined him onstage. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Just Made a Surprise Joint Appearance at WE Day," 6 Mar. 2019

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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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