es·​pous·​al | \ i-ˈspau̇-zəl How to pronounce espousal (audio) also -səl \

Definition of espousal

1a : betrothal
b : wedding
c : marriage
2 : a taking up or adopting of a cause or belief

Examples of espousal in a Sentence

the expected espousal of the Hollywood actor and the singing superstar should attract the elite of show business considering how long her previous marriage lasted, she'd be wise to have an extended espousal
Recent Examples on the Web Spotify’s Joe Rogan controversy—with musicians and podcasters removing their material from the platform in protest of Rogan’s espousal of COVID vaccine misinformation—is exposing cracks in its content strategy. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 3 Feb. 2022 Lev Tahor’s choice of Iran is perhaps connected to its espousal of anti-Zionism. Asaf Shalev,, 10 Nov. 2021 As Travis Adkins and Judd Devermont recently pointed out in Foreign Policy, Cold Warriors both Black and White were painfully aware of the contradictions of their ringing espousal of freedom. Heather Hurlburt, Washington Post, 4 Sep. 2020 Recent psychological research has found a surprising relationship between these types of personal convictions; espousal of conspiracy theories, pseudo-science and belief in the paranormal turn out to be highly correlated with one another. Sander Van Der Linden, Scientific American, 1 Sep. 2015 The Eisenhower administration was angered by Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser’s espousal of Cold War neutrality and his rather unsubtle efforts to play the Soviet and Western blocs off against each other. Conrad Black, National Review, 15 Jan. 2020 And Democrats are concerned that President Donald Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court is a reward for his espousal of presidential powers. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, 12 July 2018 Her espousal of Black radical politics, among the few candidates in the country to do so, has not hindered her political success., 29 Sep. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of espousal

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Espousal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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