If you've ever been "roused" out of your sleep by someone, then you'll have no trouble seeing that rousing refers to anything that gets you going, up on your feet, energized.

There's nothing like a rousing tournament of Twister to get you off your butt and into the game. Cheerleaders and rock stars are in the business of creating rousing spectacles. They want their audiences to get up on their feet, clap their hands, and get on the bandwagon. A good drinking song, too, is rousing, inspiring folks to clink their glasses, sway back and forth, and, well, keep drinking. Beethoven was a master of music that was thoughtful one minute and rousing the very next.

Definitions of rousing

adj capable of arousing enthusiasm or excitement

“a rousing sermon”
rousing or quickening activity or the senses

adj rousing to activity or heightened action as by spurring or goading

“tossed a rousing political comment into the conversation”
serving or tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate; stimulating discussion or exciting controversy

n the act of arousing

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awakening, wakening, waking up
the act of waking
excitation, excitement
something that agitates and arouses
incitation, incitement
an act of urging on or spurring on or rousing to action or instigating
inflaming, inflammation
arousal to violent emotion
inspiration, stirring
arousing to a particular emotion or action
the act of arousing an organism to action
an agreeable arousal
a signal to get up in the morning; in the military it is a bugle call at sunrise
chiller, hair-raiser
excitation that makes your hair stand up or that chills your bones
something that causes you to experience a sudden intense feeling or sensation
galvanisation, galvanization
stimulation that arouses a person to lively action
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change of state
the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics

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