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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.]
1. adoption or support: an espousal of new beliefs.
2. (sometimes plural) archaic a marriage or betrothal ceremony
es•pous•al(ɪˈspaʊ zəl, -səl)
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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|Noun||1.||espousal - archaic terms for a wedding or wedding feast|
|2.||espousal - the act of becoming betrothed or engaged|
|3.||espousal - 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"