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rousing

[rou-zing] /ˈraʊ zɪŋ/
adjective
1.
exciting; stirring:
a rousing song.
2.
active or vigorous:
a rousing campaign.
3.
brisk; lively:
a rousing business.
4.
exceptional; extraordinary:
a rousing lie.
Origin of rousing
1635-1645
First recorded in 1635-45; rouse1 + -ing2
Related forms
rousingly, adverb
nonrousing, adjective
unrousing, adjective

rouse1

[rouz] /raʊz/
verb (used with object), roused, rousing.
1.
to bring out of a state of sleep, unconsciousness, inactivity, fancied security, apathy, depression, etc.:
He was roused to action by courageous words.
2.
to stir or incite to strong indignation or anger.
3.
to cause (game) to start from a covert or lair.
4.
Nautical. to pull by main strength; haul.
verb (used without object), roused, rousing.
5.
to come out of a state of sleep, unconsciousness, inactivity, apathy, depression, etc.
6.
to start up from a covert or lair, as game.
noun
7.
a rousing.
8.
a signal for rousing; reveille.
Origin
1480-90 in sense “(of a hawk) to shake the feathers”; 1525-35 for def 3; origin uncertain
Related forms
rousedness
[rou-zid-nis] /ˈraʊ zɪd nɪs/ (Show IPA),
noun
rouser, noun
unroused, adjective
Synonyms
1. arouse, stir, excite, animate, stimulate, awaken, kindle, inflame, fire. 2. provoke, anger.
Antonyms
1, 2. lull, calm, pacify.
Synonym Study
1, 2. See incite.
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Examples from the Web for rousing
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  • The boy, rousing for an instant, would lapse again into stupor.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • As she left for her state-room, a rousing cheer was heard from on deck.

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • He was rousing the dissenters against the Church school of the estate.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • It is not only the existence of war that is rousing the conscience.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • She was on the point of rousing Etienne and of carrying him there in her arms.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for rousing

rousing

/ˈraʊzɪŋ/
adjective
1.
tending to rouse or excite; lively, brisk, or vigorous: a rousing chorus
Derived Forms
rousingly, adverb

rouse1

/raʊz/
verb
1.
to bring (oneself or another person) out of sleep, unconsciousness, etc, or (of a person) to come to consciousness in this way
2.
(transitive) to provoke, stir, or excite: to rouse someone's anger
3.
rouse oneself, to become active or energetic
4.
(hunting) to start or cause to start from cover: to rouse game birds
5.
(intransitive) (falconry) (of hawks) to ruffle the feathers and cause them to stand briefly on end (a sign of contentment)
6.
(Austral) (raʊs), (intransitive) foll by on. to speak scoldingly or rebukingly (to)
noun
7.
(mainly US) another term for reveille
Derived Forms
rousedness (ˈraʊzɪdnɪs) noun
Word Origin
C15 (in sense 5): origin obscure

rouse2

/raʊz/
noun (archaic)
1.
an alcoholic drink, esp a full measure
2.
another word for carousal
Word Origin
C17: probably a variant of carouse (as in the phrase drink a rouse, erroneous for drink carouse); compare Danish drikke en rus to become drunk, German Rausch drunkenness
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Word Origin and History for rousing

rouse

v.

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.

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