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Examples of espouse in a Sentence
The new theory has been espoused by many leading physicists.
Those espousing unpopular views were often excluded.
Recent Examples of espouse from the Web
As espoused by its most ardent practitioners, improvisational theater is most pure when executed as a meandering long-form odyssey—a rare variety of comedic entertainment that is neither funny nor entertaining.
But Trump clearly overlooked any misgivings Christie espoused, hiring Flynn and promptly throwing out four binders’ worth of potential picks, according to Politico.
According to a criminal complaint against Frank Nucera Jr., who resigned in January, the former chief espoused violence toward African-Americans, using the N-word and other epithets.
Nazi Groups Kicked Off Reddit as Next Wave of Community Bans Begins (Gizmodo) - Groups espousing hate get the boot on Reddit.
Right-wing zealots are out there in this country espousing hate and putting hangman's nooses on college campuses and trying to intimidate non-white students.
Nor did Reagan or any other president threaten to cancel an arms treaty already in place if the Soviet Union didn’t stop espousing communism or supporting revolutionaries or oppressing its own people.
There is no doubt that the film industry often fails to live up to the progressive values many of its most elite members espouse.
Bannon wanted Trump angry, and was daring the president to prove him wrong by veering back toward the nationalist-populist philosophy the Breitbart executive chairman espouses.
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Commit to Learning the History of espouse
As you might guess, the words "espouse" and "spouse" are related, both deriving from the Latin verb spondēre, meaning "to promise or betroth." In fact, the two were once completely interchangeable, with each serving as a noun meaning "a newly married person" or "a husband or wife" and also as a verb meaning "to marry." Their semantic separation began in the 17th century, when the noun "espouse" fell out of use. Around the same time, people started using the verb "espouse" figuratively to mean "to commit to and support a cause." "Spouse" continued to be used in both noun and verb forms until the 20th century, when its verb use declined and it came to be used mainly as a noun meaning "husband or wife."
Synonym Discussion of espouse
- forced to adopt new policies
- embraced the customs of their new homeland
- espoused the cause of women's rights
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