espousal

noun

es·​pous·​al i-ˈspau̇-zəl How to pronounce espousal (audio)
 also  -səl
1
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b
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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 He has been both praised and widely criticized for his espousal of the necessity of traditional gender roles. David Marchese David Marchese Photograph By Mamadi Doumbouya, New York Times, 21 Sep. 2023 Urged on by the president, whose espousal of conspiracy theories has only intensified in the waning weeks of his campaign, QAnon adherents are pushing such ideas into the conservative mainstream alongside more traditional issues like low taxes and limited government. Matthew Rosenberg, New York Times, 19 Oct. 2020 This meaning was intensified by the state’s staunch espousal of a unified French cultural and social identity, in opposition to multiculturalism. Time, 19 May 2021 First elected to Congress in 2020, Greene drew criticism for her espousal of extremist beliefs and using racist and antisemitic rhetoric. Shannon Larson, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Jan. 2023 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, sun-sentinel.com, 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of espousal was in the 14th century

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“Espousal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/espousal. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

espousal

noun
es·​pous·​al is-ˈpau̇-zəl How to pronounce espousal (audio)
 also  -səl
1
a
b
: the act of becoming engaged : state of being engaged
2
: a taking up of a cause or belief as a supporter
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