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1. Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
activating, alert, alluring, animate, animated, animating, animative, arousal, awakening, awful, bracing, bright, brisk, challenging, cheering, cordial, crisp, crispy, dashing, deadly, dreadful, electrifying, encouraging, energetic, energizing, enlivening, enthusiastic, exciting, exhilarating, exhilarative, fearful, fervent, fresh, frightful, galvanic, galvanizing, gay, horrible, howling, inspiring, inspiriting, intoxicating, invigorating, invigorative, inviting, keen, lively, peppy, piquant, prompting, provocative, provoking, quickening, refreshful, refreshing, regaling, reveille, rude awakening, spirited, sprightly, stimulant, stimulating, stimulative, stirring, terrible, terrific, thumping, tonic, viable, vigorous, vitalizing, whacking, zestful, zesty
Dictionary Results for rousing:
1. WordNet® 3.0 (2006)
rousing
    adj 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"
    n 1: the act of arousing; "the purpose of art is the arousal of
         emotions" [syn: arousal, rousing]

2. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Rouse \Rouse\, v. t. [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.
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            Like wild boars late roused out of the brakes.
                                                  --Spenser.
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            Rouse the fleet hart, and cheer the opening hound.
                                                  --Pope.
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   2. To wake from sleep or repose; as, to rouse one early or
      suddenly.
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   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.
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            To rouse up a people, the most phlegmatic of any in
            Christendom.                          --Atterbury.
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   4. To put in motion; to stir up; to agitate.
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            Blustering winds, which all night long
            Had roused the sea.                   --Milton.
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   5. To raise; to make erect. [Obs.] --Spenser. Shak.
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3. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Rousing \Rous"ing\, a.
   1. Having power to awaken or excite; exciting.
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            I begin to feel
            Some rousing motions in me.           --Milton.
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   2. Very great; violent; astounding; as, a rousing fire; a
      rousing lie. [Colloq.]
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