espial

[ ih-spahy-uh l ]
/ ɪˈspaɪ əl /

noun

the act of spying.
the act of keeping watch; observation.

Origin of espial

1350–1400; Middle English espiaille < Middle French. See espy, -al2
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espial

/ (ɪˈspaɪəl) /

noun archaic

the act or fact of being seen or discovered
the act of noticing
the act of spying upon; secret observation
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