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v. roused, rous·ing, rous·es
1. To wake (someone) up.
2. To cause (someone) to be active, attentive, or excited; stir up. See Synonyms at provoke.
3. To give rise to; bring about: an ad that roused my curiosity; a book that roused a furor.
1. To awaken.
2. To become active, attentive, or excited.

[Middle English rousen, to shake the feathers: used of a hawk, perhaps from Old French reuser, ruser, to repel, push back, from Vulgar Latin *recūsāre, from Latin, to refuse; see recuse.]

rous′er n.
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1. a person or thing that rouses people, such as a stirring speech or compelling rock song
2. (in combination): rabble-rouser.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rouser - someone who rouses others from sleeprouser - someone who rouses others from sleep
attendant, attender, tender - someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another
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When, however, the Olympians came to take their part among men, forthwith uprose strong Strife, rouser of hosts, and Minerva raised her loud voice, now standing by the deep trench that ran outside the wall, and now shouting with all her might upon the shore of the sounding sea.
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