noun or adjective see rabble-rouser

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  • rabble-rousing — rabble .rousing n [U] when someone deliberately makes a crowd of people angry and violent, especially in order to achieve political aims ▪ He accused union leaders of rabble rousing. >rabble rousing adj ▪ a rabble rousing speech >rabble… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • rabble-rousing — N UNCOUNT (disapproval) Rabble rousing is encouragement that a person gives to a group of people to behave violently or aggressively, often for that person s own political advantage. Critics have accused him of rabble rousing and opportunism …   English dictionary

  • rabble-rousing — /rab euhl row zing/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a rabble rouser. n. 2. an instance or the practice of stirring up the passions or prejudices of the public. [1795 1805] * * * …   Universalium

  • rabble-rousing — See: rabble rouser …   English dictionary

  • rabble rousing — Synonyms and related words: agitation, agitational, agitative, arousal, debating, declamation, demagogism, elocution, eloquence, exasperation, excitation, excitement, firing, fomentation, fomenting, forensics, homiletics, incendiary, incentive,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • rabble-rousing — adjective arousing to action or rebellion • Syn: ↑incendiary, ↑incitive, ↑inflammatory, ↑instigative, ↑seditious • Similar to: ↑provocative • Derivationally related forms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • rabble — (n.) c.1300, pack of animals, possibly related to M.E. rablen speak in a rapid, confused manner, probably imitative of hurry and confusion (Cf. M.Du. rabbelen, Low Ger. rabbeln to chatter ). Meaning tumultuous crowd of people is first recorded… …   Etymology dictionary

  • rabble-rouser — [rab′əlrouz΄ər] n. a person who tries to arouse people to anger, hatred, or violent action by appeals to emotions, prejudices, etc.; demagogue rabble rousing adj., n …   English World dictionary

  • rabble-rouser — noun (C) someone who tries to make a crowd of people angry and violent, especially in order to achieve political aims rabble rousing adjective: a rabble rousing speech rabble rousing noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • rabble-rouse — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ intransitive verb Etymology: back formation from rabble rouser : to stir up public sentiment by emotionalism : agitate ashamed of indignation, ashamed to rabble rouse T.J.Haas * * * /rab euhl rowz /, v.i., rabble roused, rabble… …   Useful english dictionary

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