Espousal
Espousal Es*pous"al, n. [OF. espousailles, pl., F. ['e]pousailles, L. sponsalia, fr. sponsalis belonging to betrothal or espousal. See {Espouse}, and cf. {Sponsal}, {Spousal}.] 1. The act of espousing or betrothing; especially, in the plural, betrothal; plighting of the troths; a contract of marriage; sometimes, the marriage ceremony. [1913 Webster]

2. The uniting or allying one's self with anything; maintenance; adoption; as, the espousal of a quarrel. [1913 Webster]

The open espousal of his cause. --Lord Orford. [1913 Webster]


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  • espousal — index adoption (acceptance), aid (help), alternative (option), defense, favor (sanction) …   Law dictionary

  • espousal — late 14c., from O.Fr. esposailles (pl.) act of betrothal (12c., Mod.Fr. époussailles), from L. sponsalia betrothal, espousal, neut. pl. of sponsalis of a betrothal, from sponsa spouse. For the e see ESPECIAL (Cf. especial) …   Etymology dictionary

  • espousal — *marriage, matrimony, nuptial, wedding, wedlock …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • espousal — ► NOUN ▪ the action of espousing …   English terms dictionary

  • espousal — [e spou′zəl, ispou′zəl] n. [ME espousaile < OFr espousailles ( pl.) < L sponsalia < sponsus (fem. sponsa): see SPOUSE] 1. [often pl.] a) a betrothal or betrothal ceremony b) a marriage or wedding 2. an espousing (of some cause, idea, etc …   English World dictionary

  • espousal — [[t]ɪspa͟ʊz(ə)l[/t]] N SING: usu poss N of n A government s or person s espousal of a particular policy, cause, or belief is their strong support of it. [FORMAL] ...the Slovene leadership s espousal of the popular causes of reform and nationalism …   English dictionary

  • espousal — noun Will s recent espousal of neo Nazism has distressed his family and perplexed his friends Syn: adoption, embracing, acceptance; support, championship, encouragement, defense; sponsorship, promotion, endorsement, advocacy, approval …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • espousal — noun Date: 14th century 1. a. betrothal b. wedding c. marriage 2. a taking up or adopting of a cause or belief …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • espousal — /i spow zeuhl, seuhl/, n. 1. adoption or advocacy, as of a cause or principle. 2. Sometimes, espousals. a. a marriage ceremony. b. an engagement or betrothal celebration. [1275 1325; ME espousaille < MF, OF espousailles < L sponsalia (n. use of… …   Universalium

  • espousal — noun a) A betrothal. b) A wedding ceremony. See Also: espouse, spouse, sponsor …   Wiktionary

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