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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 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.
Japanese conservatives, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, have espoused revisionist views on World War II that were bound to offend China and South Korea.
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.
North discerns hints of a collective revolt against the contextualist-historicist paradigm in favor of a renewal of the public-facing criticism espoused by Richards.
The chairman of the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus, Massie has long espoused staunch pro-gun positions.
This film espouses a particularly potent strain of candy-colored nihilism, where every nostalgic cultural symbol becomes lethal.
Authorities have said that there is no evidence Rahami was part of an international terrorist group, but he is believed to have been inspired by an extremist ideology espoused by al Qaeda.
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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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