espousal

  • 1 Espousal — Es*pous al, n. [OF. espousailles, pl., F. [ e]pousailles, L. sponsalia, fr. sponsalis belonging to betrothal or espousal. See {Espouse}, and cf. {Sponsal}, {Spousal}.] 1. The act of espousing or betrothing; especially, in the plural, betrothal;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 espousal — index adoption (acceptance), aid (help), alternative (option), defense, favor (sanction) …

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  • 3 espousal — late 14c., from O.Fr. esposailles (pl.) act of betrothal (12c., Mod.Fr. époussailles), from L. sponsalia betrothal, espousal, neut. pl. of sponsalis of a betrothal, from sponsa spouse. For the e see ESPECIAL (Cf. especial) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 espousal — *marriage, matrimony, nuptial, wedding, wedlock …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 espousal — ► NOUN ▪ the action of espousing …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 espousal — [e spou′zəl, ispou′zəl] n. [ME espousaile < OFr espousailles ( pl.) < L sponsalia < sponsus (fem. sponsa): see SPOUSE] 1. [often pl.] a) a betrothal or betrothal ceremony b) a marriage or wedding 2. an espousing (of some cause, idea, etc …

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  • 7 espousal — [[t]ɪspa͟ʊz(ə)l[/t]] N SING: usu poss N of n A government s or person s espousal of a particular policy, cause, or belief is their strong support of it. [FORMAL] ...the Slovene leadership s espousal of the popular causes of reform and nationalism …

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  • 8 espousal — noun Will s recent espousal of neo Nazism has distressed his family and perplexed his friends Syn: adoption, embracing, acceptance; support, championship, encouragement, defense; sponsorship, promotion, endorsement, advocacy, approval …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 9 espousal — noun Date: 14th century 1. a. betrothal b. wedding c. marriage 2. a taking up or adopting of a cause or belief …

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  • 10 espousal — /i spow zeuhl, seuhl/, n. 1. adoption or advocacy, as of a cause or principle. 2. Sometimes, espousals. a. a marriage ceremony. b. an engagement or betrothal celebration. [1275 1325; ME espousaille < MF, OF espousailles < L sponsalia (n. use of… …

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  • 11 espousal — noun a) A betrothal. b) A wedding ceremony. See Also: espouse, spouse, sponsor …

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  • 12 espousal — Synonyms and related words: Gretna Green wedding, acceptance, adoption, advocacy, affiance, affiliation, aid, approval, banns, banns of matrimony, betrothal, betrothing, betrothment, bridal, bridal suite, bridechamber, chuppah, church wedding,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 13 Espousal —    That portion of the Marriage Service in which the contracting parties answer I will to the questions, N. wilt thou have this woman to thy wedded wife and N. wilt thou have this man to thy wedded husband. This seems to be the remains of the old …

    American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 14 espousal — I (Roget s IV) n. 1. [Support] Syn. adoption, advocacy, promotion; see aid 1 . 2. [Marriage] Syn. wedding, betrothal, matrimony; see marriage 1 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun 1. The act or condition of being pledged to marry: betrothal,… …

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  • 15 espousal — es|pous|al [ ı spauzl ] noun uncount FORMAL support for an idea, principle, or belief …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 espousal — es·pous·al || ɪ spaÊŠzl n. marriage ceremony; championing of a cause, supporting of an idea or principle …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 17 espousal — [ɪ spaʊz(ə)l, ɛ ] noun 1》 an act of espousing a cause, belief, etc. 2》 archaic a marriage or engagement …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 18 espousal — n. 1. Espousing, betrothing, affiancing, plighting. 2. Adoption, defence, support, maintenance …

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  • 19 espousal — n 1. advocacy, adoption, patronage, championship, defense; furtherance, promotion, support, aid, assistance; auspices, subvention, countenance. 2. betrothal, betrothment, affiancing, engagement rite, match; marriage, wedding, bridal, nuptials, Sl …

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  • 20 espousal — es·pous·al …

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