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1. Inducing enthusiasm or excitement; stirring: a rousing sermon.
2. Lively; vigorous: a rousing march tune.
3. Used as an intensive: a rousing lie.

rous′ing·ly adv.
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"A Star is Born" literally harks back to another era as a remake of a remake of a remake of one of Hollywood's most beloved creation myths of celebrity and self-destruction, while "Bohemian Rhapsody" follows a similarly recognizable template that manages to be rousingly fun to watch despite its hoariest cliches.
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Minutes later, Kane had the ball whipped off his toe just as he drew back the trigger in the box and Newport fans rousingly began to believe it could be their night.
In a high-profile Senate speech July 25, McCain rousingly declared that "we are not the president's subordinates," even while casting a deciding vote to prolong Obamacare replacement legislation Trump desperately wants passed.
So, too, do the nation's politicians, both Democrat and Republican, who are given, rousingly, to concluding their speeches to the American public with the phrase "May God bless America." Surely all this bespeaks a proud and public assertion of faith.
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Tudorists, take heed: This fresh consideration of the queen--a woman by turns valiant and vulnerable, jealous and generous, unapproachable and compassionate--at the finis of her rule is a rousingly good read.
And even more rousingly, while admitting that "the processes of identification, sympathy, [and] imagination" deployed in the humanities can suggest "an undisciplined subjectivism" he declares that "in reality they are essential to the amplest forms of understanding, whether in scholarly work or other aspects of human experience." Accordingly, he issues the painful warning that "If we were to treat all our interlocutors' utterances merely as symptomatic rather than expressive or communicative, we would soon find ourselves leading affectively thin and relentlessly diagnostic lives" (83).