- adoption or advocacy, as of a cause or principle;
- an act of adopting or supporting a cause, belief, or way of life;
- adoption of a plan, cause, or idea;
- (archaic) a marriage or engagement;
use : singular; archaic.
origin : From Middle English, from Old French espousailles, from Latin sponsalia (“a betrothal”), neuter plural of sponsalis.
- Common to all these groups, either white or black, is either a total reinterpretation of Biblical text to support a racist agenda or an espousal of neo-pagan beliefs.
- His espousal of the cause of Edgar the Atheling led the Conqueror to regard him with suspicion.
- After the espousal the maiden returned once more to her parents’ home. (usage as marriage)
- There is a note of considerate caution in his espousal of new ideas
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