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Definition of "espousal" [es•pous•al]

  • A betrothal. (noun)
  • A wedding ceremony. (noun)
  • Adoption of an idea or a cause. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "espousal" in a sentence
  • "What would one call the espousal of "gay marriages" and abortion rights?"
  • "The espousal was a ceremony of betrothing, a formal agreement between the parties then coming under obligation for the purpose of marriage."
  • "Of course, if the Assembly preferred, it could opt for the more familiar terminology, rather than the newer term "espousal," so long as the definition chosen ensures equality in name and in substance."