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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
The problem is that West is far from the only person espousing such views, and his unique position and platform threaten to lend credence to ideas that are not only erroneous, but dangerous.
Well before mid-term elections in November, a time when candidates usually form exploratory committees, some mayors are splitting town to promote their competencies while espousing non-Trumpian views.
But since espousing one extreme idea is likely to expose you to others, becoming red-pilled often meant believing in other hateful conspiracy theories, like the patently false but very old idea that Jewish people are out to take over the world.
Most of what Owens espouses is controversial, but none more so than her comments on the Black Lives Matter movement.
Inspired by the success of the Cuban revolution and espousing anti-US and Marxist ideology, the group drew the overwhelming majority of its members from the rural poor.
But some in his party would contemplate a deal with the M5S, a movement that espouses pacifism and environmentalism, and contains many former civil-society activists.
Some of his newspaper columns seem to espouse anti-state libertarianism, others liberal social democracy.
He’s been known to invoke Lincoln twice in an hour while espousing policies that position him as a billionaire Bernie Sanders: single-payer health insurance, higher taxes for the rich, and clean energy.
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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
ESPOUSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of espouse for English Language Learners
: to express support for (a cause, belief, etc.)
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