At that point I legitimately believed everything I espoused.
Certainly, Paine espoused suspicion of too-powerful states, which makes him eminently quotable by Tea Partiers now.
Pearce, Ready said, espoused “neo-Nazi philosophy completely.”
Santorum espoused this worldview back in 2008, in a speech to Ave Maria University.
The ideals are the greatest ever espoused in human history, and we just need the country to live up to them.
My brother, my cousins, my father, are all fighting the men of the nation whose cause you have espoused!
He took no sides, pronounced no judgment, espoused no cause.
Quoth he, 'And I will have thee to my wife'; and espoused her in the presence of all.
He was an optimist—or he never would have espoused the American cause.
May you all be espoused to husbands who will execute all your whims and fancies with equal rapidity and good taste!
mid-15c., "to take as spouse, marry," from Old French espouser "marry, take in marriage, join in marriage" (11c., Modern French épouser), from Latin sponsare, past participle of spondere (see espousal).
Extended sense of "adopt, embrace" a cause, party, etc., is from 1620s. Related: Espoused; espouses; espousing. For initial e-, see especial.
(2 Sam. 3:14), to betroth. The espousal was a ceremony of betrothing, a formal agreement between the parties then coming under obligation for the purpose of marriage. Espousals are in the East frequently contracted years before the marriage is celebrated. It is referred to as figuratively illustrating the relations between God and his people (Jer. 2:2; Matt. 1:18; 2 Cor. 11:2). (See BETROTH.)