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

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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 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, "On foreign policy, a call to ditch the grim worldview and reawaken idealism," 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, "How Come Some People Believe in the Paranormal?," 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, "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 9 May. 2021.

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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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