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rabble-rousing

[rab-uh l-rou-zing]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of a rabble-rouser.
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noun
  1. an instance or the practice of stirring up the passions or prejudices of the public.
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Origin of rabble-rousing

First recorded in 1795–1805

rabble-rouse

[rab-uh l-rouz]
verb (used without object), rab·ble-roused, rab·ble-rousing.
  1. to stir up the emotions or prejudices of the public; agitate.
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Origin of rabble-rouse

First recorded in 1955–60; back formation from rabble-rouser
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  • Even politicians out of office found it a subject for rabble-rousing harangues.

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    Murray Leinster