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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Rousing \Rous"ing\, adjective

1. Having power to awaken or excite; exciting.

I begin to feel Some rousing motions in me. --Milton.

2. Very great; violent; astounding; as, a rousing fire; a rousing lie. [Colloq.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Rouse \Rouse\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Roused} (rouzd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Rousing}.] [Probably of Scan. origin; cf. Sw. rusa to rush, Dan. ruse, AS. hre['o]san to fall, rush. Cf. {Rush}, v.]

1. To cause to start from a covert or lurking place; as, to rouse a deer or other animal of the chase.

Like wild boars late roused out of the brakes. --Spenser.

Rouse the fleet hart, and cheer the opening hound. --Pope.

2. To wake from sleep or repose; as, to rouse one early or suddenly.

3. To excite to lively thought or action from a state of idleness, languor, stupidity, or indifference; as, to rouse the faculties, passions, or emotions.

To rouse up a people, the most phlegmatic of any in Christendom. --Atterbury.

4. To put in motion; to stir up; to agitate.

Blustering winds, which all night long Had roused the sea. --Milton.

5. To raise; to make erect. [Obs.] --Spenser. Shak.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: capable of arousing enthusiasm or excitement; "a rousing sermon"; "stirring events such as wars and rescues" [syn: {rousing}, {stirring}]

2: rousing to activity or heightened action as by spurring or goading; "tossed a rousing political comment into the conversation"


1: the act of arousing; "the purpose of art is the arousal of emotions" [syn: {arousal}, {rousing}]

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