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

Definition of espousal

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

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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 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, "Soleimani Killing: A Change for the Better?," 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, "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., "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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of espousal

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

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