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Thursday, October 01, 2015

Definitions for espial

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

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Citations for espial
The landlord of the house had not withdrawn his eye from this place of espial for five minutes, and Barney had only just returned from making the communication above related, when Fagin, in the course of his evening's business, came into the bar to inquire after some of his young pupils. Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, 1838
The only illusion in true espial is suffered by the voyee, who doesn't know he's giving off images and impressions. David Foster Wallace, “E Unibus Pluram: Television and U.S. Fiction,” The Review of Contemporary Fiction, 1993
Origin of espial
1350-1400
Espial is related to the word espy, which comes from the German word spähen meaning "to spy." The suffix -al forms nouns from verbs, as in the word refusal.