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espial

[ih-spahy-uh l] /ɪˈspaɪ əl/
noun
1.
the act of spying.
2.
the act of keeping watch; observation.
Origin of espial
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English espiaille < Middle French. See espy, -al2
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  • Her system of espial is even more minute and irritating than that of Russia.

    The Destroyer Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • Then Wisdom altered its method and spoke of espial and discovery.

  • From his new point of espial Kent checked off the members of the party.

    The Grafters Francis Lynde
  • The act of espial had always been hateful to him: he preferred to trust his brethren, and it cost far less trouble.

    Brother Copas

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • At the moment of my espial, Cornwallis was speaking, and I drew back to listen, well enough content to be in earshot.

    The Master of Appleby

    Francis Lynde
  • She did not intend an espial upon Anthony; the question was born of pain and bewilderment.

    A Man's Hearth Eleanor M. Ingram
  • But the man, whoever he might be, who indulged in this espial, every now and then gave signs of ill temper and disappointment.

    The Prairie Flower Gustave Aimard
  • "I infer nothing; I act," said Peter, turning to look out his place of espial.

    Edith and John Franklin S. Farquhar
  • He remembered his reluctant consent to McCloskey's proposal touching the espial upon Hallock, and was sorry he had given it.

British Dictionary definitions for espial

espial

/ɪˈspaɪəl/
noun (archaic)
1.
the act or fact of being seen or discovered
2.
the act of noticing
3.
the act of spying upon; secret observation
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