[ rab-uh l-rou-zing ]
/ ˈræb əlˌraʊ zɪŋ /


of, relating to, or characteristic of a rabble-rouser.


an instance or the practice of stirring up the passions or prejudices of the public.

Nearby words

  1. rabbitoh,
  2. rabbitry,
  3. rabble,
  4. rabble-rouse,
  5. rabble-rouser,
  6. rabblement,
  7. rabe,
  8. rabe, david,
  9. rabelais,
  10. rabelais, françois

Origin of rabble-rousing

First recorded in 1795–1805


[ rab-uh l-rouz ]
/ ˈræb əlˌraʊz /

verb (used without object), rab·ble-roused, rab·ble-rousing.

to stir up the emotions or prejudices of the public; agitate.

Origin of rabble-rouse

First recorded in 1955–60; back formation from rabble-rouser

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Examples from the Web for rabble-rousing

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

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