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es·pous·al

 (ĭ-spou′zəl, -səl)
n.
1.
a. A betrothal.
b. A wedding ceremony.
2. Adoption of an idea or a cause.

[Middle English espousaille, from sing. of Old French espousailles, betrothal, from Latin spōnsālia, from neuter pl. of spōnsālis, of a betrothal, from spōnsus, spouse; see spouse.]
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espousal

(ɪˈspaʊzəl)
n
1. adoption or support: an espousal of new beliefs.
2. (sometimes plural) archaic a marriage or betrothal ceremony
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es•pous•al

(ɪˈspaʊ zəl, -səl)

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; < Old French espousailles < Latin spōnsālia, neuter pl. of spōnsālis <spōns(us) spouse]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.espousal - archaic terms for a wedding or wedding feastespousal - archaic terms for a wedding or wedding feast
marriage ceremony, wedding, marriage - the act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony; "their marriage was conducted in the chapel"
2.espousal - the act of becoming betrothed or engagedespousal - the act of becoming betrothed or engaged
ritual, rite - any customary observance or practice
3.espousal - the act of accepting with approvalespousal - the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception; "its adoption by society"; "the proposal found wide acceptance"
embrace, bosom - a close affectionate and protective acceptance; "his willing embrace of new ideas"; "in the bosom of the family"
approval, approving, blessing - the formal act of approving; "he gave the project his blessing"; "his decision merited the approval of any sensible person"
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espousal

noun support, backing, defence, championing, taking up, promotion, embracing, maintenance, adoption, advocacy the leadership's espousal of the causes of reform and nationalism
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espousal

noun
1. The act or condition of being pledged to marry:
2. The act or ceremony by which two people become husband and wife:
bridal, marriage, nuptial (often used in plural), spousal (often used in plural), wedding.
3. A ready taking up of something:
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Translations

espousal

[ɪˈspaʊzl] N (frm) → adherencia f (of a) → adopción f (of de)
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espousal

n
(old, = marriage) → Vermählung f; (= betrothal)Verlobung f
(of cause etc)Parteinahme f(of für)
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espousal

[ɪsˈpaʊzl] n espousal of (frm) → appoggio a
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References in classic literature ?
The last thing to go was a tiny bundle of letters; innocent little scribblings that Desiree had sent to him during the days of their espousal. There was the remnant of one back in the drawer from which he took them.
She has told us of your valiant espousal of her cause, and the thanks of her brothers and mother await you, Roger de Conde.
She died when young--only four years after her espousal.
The controversy is over the assertion of his masterpiece, The Spiritual Espousals, that the human spirit can rise to divine heights.
Their curiosity piqued by the espousals of surgeons and captivating images of novel surgeries, patients increasingly are questioning primary care physicians about these options.
For Ruusbroec, the very 'forms' of the mystical experience are the function of the continuity of the God Three in One." (41) Ruusbroec's doctrine on the Trinity is fully evident in the work that he himself considered his most advanced work, (42) The Spiritual Espousals (Die Geestelike Brulocht), a work structured to review the methods for living a properly spiritual life.
Phillis and Mall eventually espouse themselves to members of the gentry, but these espousals are represented as financially advantageous to the men, not socially advantageous to the women.
To explore the phenomenon of organization change the article will present a typology that combines the change espousals of top management with the interpretation of top management actions by the organization membership.
We're all one color.'" Njeri becomes furious, taking these utopian platitudes as espousals of the total obliteration of distinct identities.