stirring

Something that's stirring is gripping or moving—it inspires some kind of powerful emotion, like Martin Luther King, Jr.'s stirring "I Have a Dream" speech.

When people sing stirring songs at church, during a protest march, or around the piano at home, they might make you cry, while a stirring public speaker often makes the crowd feel enthusiastic and roused to action. In the 15th century, this adjective had a much more literal meaning: "in active motion, or animated." The verb stir, "move, rouse, or agitate," shares a root with storm.

Definitions of stirring
1

adj exciting strong but not unpleasant emotions

“a stirring speech”
Synonyms:
soul-stirring
moving
arousing or capable of arousing deep emotion

adj capable of arousing enthusiasm or excitement

stirring events such as wars and rescues”
Synonyms:
rousing
stimulating
rousing or quickening activity or the senses

n agitating a liquid with an implement

“constant stirring prevents it from burning on the bottom of the pan”
Type of:
agitation
the act of agitating something; causing it to move around (usually vigorously)

n arousing to a particular emotion or action

Synonyms:
inspiration
Type of:
arousal, rousing
the act of arousing

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