espousal

noun
es·pous·al | \i-ˈspau̇-zəl also -səl \

Definition of espousal 

1a : betrothal

b : wedding

c : marriage

2 : a taking up or adopting of a cause or belief

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Synonyms & Antonyms for espousal

Synonyms

betrothal, engagement

Antonyms

disengagement

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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

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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, "Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's views on executive power may stir controversy," 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. Essence.com, "5 Black Women In Politics To Watch," 29 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of espousal

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

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espousal

noun

English Language Learners Definition of espousal

: the act of expressing support for a cause or belief : the act of espousing something

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