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espousal

[ih-spou-zuh l, -suh l] /ɪˈspaʊ zəl, -səl/
noun
1.
adoption or advocacy, as of a cause or principle.
2.
Sometimes, espousals.
  1. a marriage ceremony.
  2. an engagement or betrothal celebration.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English espousaille < Middle French, Old French espousailles < Latin spōnsālia (noun use of neuter plural of spōnsālis), equivalent to spōns(us) spouse + -ālia -al2
Related forms
nonespousal, noun
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Examples for espousal
  • Alan represents the best in his espousal of a wonderful cause.
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espousal

/ɪˈspaʊzəl/
noun
1.
adoption or support an espousal of new beliefs
2.
(sometimes pl) (archaic) a marriage or betrothal ceremony
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Word Origin and History for espousal
espousal
late 14c., from O.Fr. espousailles (pl.) "act of betrothal," from L. sponsalia, neut. pl. of sponsalis "of a betrothal," from sponsa "spouse." For the -e- see especially.
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