It was 11 at night when Jonathan Russell was roused from bed by his neighbor.
Whether or not that signaled a higher-profile return to politics, it was a good exit line that roused the CPAC crowd.
Most certainly, Washington has mishandled them in the past, acted like dictators, and roused public animosity.
The kneeling nuns, roused from their devout abstraction, made their reverence and went away.
Our president was roused to speak out against guns by the massacre of 20 youngsters at Sandy Hook.
Here we roused up the inmates, and demanded a shelter for the night.
It roused Hope from a doze into which he had just fallen, and provoked Hester accordingly.
Mrs. Latimer's sobs only roused his wrath at all the misery she had wrought.
He was roused from these reflections by sudden silence; vespers were over.
By force of chattering in this way they roused themselves into a state of excitement.
mid-15c., intransitive probably from Anglo-French or Old French reuser, ruser, originally used in English of hawks shaking the feathers of the body, but like many hawking terms it is of obscure origin. Figurative meaning "to stir up, provoke to activity" is from 1580s; that of "awaken" is first recorded 1590s. Related: Roused; rousing.