- the act of spying.
- the act of keeping watch; observation.
Origin of espial
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Examples from the Web for espial
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.The Picture of Dorian Gray
From his new point of espial Kent checked off the members of the party.The Grafters
The act of espial had always been hateful to him: he preferred to trust his brethren, and it cost far less trouble.Brother Copas</p>
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</p>
- the act or fact of being seen or discovered
- the act of noticing
- the act of spying upon; secret observation
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