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enthusing, n.

Frequency (in current use): 
Origin: Formed within English, by derivation. Etymons: enthuse v., -ing suffix1.
Etymology: < enthuse v. + -ing suffix1.
Compare slightly earlier enthusing adj.
orig. U.S. colloq.

  The action of filling someone with enthusiasm. Also: the action or an act of displaying or expressing enthusiasm.

1860   Dayton (Ohio) Daily Empire 27 Aug.   What an illuminating of unusual precincts, and enthusing of shakey Democrats, during that march!
1898   School Jrnl. 25 July 739/1   The stereotyped local celebrities' enthusings over ‘Ladies and gentlemen, to whom are entrusted the noblest and highest offices’.
1917   City Foursquare Jan. 11   These lines are dictated for the enthusing of any brother who may sometimes have a tendency toward discouragement.
1984   J. Clausen tr. B. Classen & G. Goettle in E. H. Altbach et al. German Feminism v. 64   The enthusings of those who, after centuries of phlegmatic indolence, think one independent step signals victory over deep-seated modes of behavior.
2005   Irish Times 9 Mar. 12/3   As for..the enthusing of parents, he doesn't see a problem. ‘The children will bring the parents,’ he says.

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This entry has been updated (OED Third Edition, September 2018).