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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
Trump has espoused the value of the plan to truckers, who make around $41,000 a year.
Bush delivered a speech in New York this week sharply criticizing the kind of populist nationalism that President Trump and his former top strategist have espoused.
Japanese conservatives, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, have espoused revisionist views on World War II that were bound to offend China and South Korea.
The 27-year-old suspect, who has espoused support for Le Pen and U.S. President Donald Trump on his Facebook page, was known to those who monitor extremist groups in Quebec, said François Deschamps, an official with a refugee advocacy group.
CCM Tribunal President Connor Howard released a statement that said the members of the student government group do not support the rhetoric that Adams espoused.
Behind the veneer of a cool Apple logo or multicolored Google trademark are scores of multimillionaires who live one-percenter lifestyles quite at odds with the soft socialism espoused by their corporate megaphones.
Does Greek life on campuses across the country play an important role in expanding upon those lofty goals and philanthropies espoused by the alumnae leaders?
But some far-left groups that espouse violence have taken on this banner.
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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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