- adoption or advocacy, as of a cause or principle.
- Sometimes espousals.
- a marriage ceremony.
- an engagement or betrothal celebration.
Origin of espousal
Examples from the Web for espousal
Mr. Ferbrass congratulated him on the heartiness of his espousal of the Tory cause.Beauchamp's Career, Complete
There is a note of considerate caution in his espousal of new ideas.A History of American Literature
Percy H. Boynton
The espousal of greenbackism in 1867 only reenforced that resolution.A History of Trade Unionism in the United States
The espousal of Abolitionism by Mr. Chase was a remarkable circumstance.The Abolitionists
John F. Hume
Have I understood you that you are veritably wedded, not by a mere contract of espousal?'The Chaplet of Pearls
Charlotte M. Yonge
- adoption or supportan espousal of new beliefs
- (sometimes plural) archaic a marriage or betrothal ceremony
Word Origin and History for espousal
late 14c., from Old French esposailles (plural) "act of betrothal" (12c., Modern French époussailles), from Latin sponsalia "betrothal, espousal," noun use of neuter plural of sponsalis "of a betrothal," from sponsa "spouse." For the -e- see especial.