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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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  • Alan represents the best in his espousal of a wonderful cause.
British Dictionary definitions for espousal

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
n.

late 14c., from Old French esposailles (plural) "act of betrothal" (12c., Modern French époussailles), from Latin sponsalia "betrothal, espousal," noun use of neuter plural of sponsalis "of a betrothal," from sponsa "spouse." For the -e- see especial.

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