Definition of rousing in US English:

rousing

adjective

  • 1Exciting; stirring.

    ‘a rousing speech’
    • ‘He soon diluted his rousing speeches to become more pragmatic, a move that garnered a broader support platform that enabled him to take 61 per cent of the vote in last October's presidential elections.’
    • ‘The rousing finale made up for that, anyway, and its charged conclusion was greeted with enthusiastic and much deserved applause.’
    • ‘What some attendees remember best is not so much the generous hospitality as the rousing speeches which he would deliver to his executive fan club.’
    • ‘The Harlem Gospel Choir is a really rousing outfit with its foot-stomping, hand-clapping blues and spirituals.’
    • ‘It's a rousing, inspiring onslaught that succeeds in raising the hairs on the back of your neck.’
    • ‘While not an absolute pleasure, it's a rousing bit of high-energy entertainment.’
    • ‘Before we begin, let's all join in a rousing chorus of our anthem.’
    • ‘The outer movements are best - rousing and exciting music that can help cover the lack of great melodies.’
    • ‘Everyone sang the Marseillaise, moderates and radicals alike, in a rousing show of unity.’
    • ‘After a rousing locker room speech by Coach, we went to speak with the media for a few minutes, and then made our way back to the charter bus.’
    • ‘It's the rousing finale to the exciting Angel series.’
    • ‘Here is another rousing reminder of the glorious dance styles that swept across west Africa in the 1960s and 1970s.’
    • ‘Certainly, this apathetic behaviour can be explained in part by disappointment with a government that many feel has not lived up to its rousing promises of four years ago.’
    • ‘The two finales commence in a very assertive mood, always generating that kind of exciting energy which finally leads to a rousing and brilliant conclusion.’
    • ‘The album opens with gentle acoustic guitar, coupled with plaintive vocals, which soon crashes into a rousing sing-along of a chorus, complete with fuzzy basslines and distorted guitars.’
    • ‘That impressive pedigree transmits well to this film, a rousing tale of survival against the odds that's partly inspired by a true story.’
    • ‘Coleman also presented an original and rousing lecture at MCA that included slides of Coleman himself looking at the work in the exhibition punctuated by humorous yet insightful commentary.’
    • ‘Laya Kavya was marked by vigorous footwork providing a rousing finale.’
    • ‘His rousing speech did wonders on the spirit and enthusiasm of the men, for a few hours.’
    • ‘I would have liked to see some kind of rousing, spirit-lifting choreographed song and dance.’
    stirring, inspiring, exciting, stimulating, moving, electrifying, invigorating, enlivening, animating, energizing, exhilarating
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  • 2archaic (of a fire) blazing strongly.

Pronunciation

rousing

/ˈraʊzɪŋ//ˈrouziNG/