• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Espousement The act of espousing, or the state of being espoused.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n espousement The act of espousing; espousal.
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  • Suzanne Lafollette
    Suzanne Lafollette
    “Most people, no doubt, when they espouse human rights, make their own mental reservations about the proper application of the word human.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Impartial. Unable to perceive any promise of personal advantage from espousing either side of a controversy.”
  • Georges Bernanos
    “Who are you to condemn another's sin? He who condemns sin becomes part of it, espouses it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OF. espousement,


In literature:

He himself feels that the blood of kings beats in his veins, and appeals to the nobles of the Polish Diet to espouse his cause.
"Reviews" by Oscar Wilde
Lord Tristan, give back the Queen to the man who espoused her lawfully according to the laws of Rome.
"The Romance Of Tristan And Iseult" by M. Joseph Bédier
One member of the Committee was absent from this, their first public espousal of the cause.
"Truxton King" by George Barr McCutcheon
The Elector of Hesse-Cassel now espoused Napoleon's cause.
"The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)" by John Holland Rose
His case was therefore precisely the kind that the young men of the Chronicle loved to espouse.
"Queed" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
Where is the license of my superior, authorising the espousals?
"The Exemplary Novels of Cervantes" by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
The espousal of greenbackism in 1867 only reenforced that resolution.
"A History of Trade Unionism in the United States" by Selig Perlman
This is the day of our New Testament Solomon's espousals, and the day of the gladness of his heart.
"Notes On The Apocalypse" by David Steele
If he decided to espouse the cause of Henry VI., the Count of Charolais should be given a command.
"Charles the Bold" by Ruth Putnam
But the young man began to feel that he might have done the girl more harm than good by espousing her cause in the restaurant.
"Sheila of Big Wreck Cove" by James A. Cooper

In poetry:

In the sweet espousing showers -
And his tongue has scarce begun
With its inarticulate burthen,
And the clouds scarce show the sun
"Daphne" by George Meredith
Let every act of worship be
Like our espousals, Lord, to thee;
Like the dear hour when from above
We first received thy pledge of love.
"Hymn 72" by Isaac Watts
The saints espouse my cause by prayer,
The angels make my soul their care;
Mine is the promise sealed with blood,
And Jesus lives to make it good.
"More With Us Than With Them" by John Newton
Seek not the damsel to espouse,
Though rich, that cannot rule her house:
Like smoke, mists, floods, that fleet away,
Her wealth will lessen ev'ry day.
"Advice To A Young Man, Before He Goes A Courting" by Rees Prichard
More fair than strange fruit is
Of faiths ye espouse;
In me only the root is
That blooms in your boughs;
Behold now your God that ye made you, to feed him with faith of your vows.
"Hertha" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
No hand might clasp, from land to land;
Yea! there was one to bridge the tide!
For at the touch of Mercy's hand
The North and South stood side by side:
The Bride of Snow, the Bride of Sun,
In Charity's espousals are made one.
"Reunited" by Abram Joseph Ryan

In news:

I noticed that the waiters had T-shirts that espoused the virtues of said fries.
John Kerry criticized Howard Dean on Sunday for espousing tax and foreign policies that will "just kill us" at the polls in November as Kerry himself was accused of waffling on the Iraq war.
Young Conrad's birthday was fixed for his espousals.
Any good, self-respecting Southerner knows his or her way around a ladleful of grits and can espouse their greatness, despite what Yankees might say.
A righteous Christian who espouses family values would not charge a Pennsylvania school district where he and his children do not live for his youngsters' education.
Finally, a study has surfaced espousing the value of good old dirt and grime and yes, even bacteria.
At channel conferences, vendor partner shows and here in the pages of CRN, we all espouse the characteristics of a good channel program: consistency, predictability, transparency and support from the very top.
MC Lars has been espousing his love of literature in hip-hop verse for practically his entire career.
Apparently when he wasn't murdering innocent thousands and espousing his psychotic religious tripe, he liked his "quiet time".
The leader of a small Florida church that espouses anti-Islam philosophy says he is canceling plans to burn copies of the Quran on Sept 11.
Saving the rainforests and the exotic animals that live there is a goal espoused by Barry DeVoll, executive producer with Bixby's Rain Forest Rescue, a nonprofit based in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Millennia before Harvard University's Dr Herbert Benson documented the health benefits of the relaxation response in humans, Eastern and Western religions quietly espoused mindful reflection, contemplative meditation and repetitive prayer.
Pakistani Shiites and claimed by the Taliban, who espouse an extremist interpretation of Sunni Islam.
Despite all the fits and starts, NextGen in the US will eventually affect business aircraft operators, although perhaps not on the schedule that the FAA currently espouses.
Candidates for District Court judge will espouse their vision for the bench at election forums held next week in Haywood and Jackson County.

In science:

In KWSP both the definitional elements describing the best possible way, as perceived by the organization, of performing a task, i.e., the espoused theory of work, as well as the detail information on how actually the tasks instances are performed by the worker, i.e., the theory at-work, are available.
On challenges and opportunities of designing integrated IT platforms for supporting knowledge works in organizations
Fig. 2: Monolingual entry: “ épouser” (to marry, to fit, to espouse) To accede to the acception dictionary, the user selects an accep t ion in the m idd le co lumn . The accep t ion is displayed along with its sub-acceptions (middle column of fig. 3).
Interlingual Lexical Organisation for Multilingual Lexical Databases in NADIA
Secondly, an intriguing line of argument by Weinberg and collaborators is that, due to a ‘Principle of Mediocrity’ espoused by Vilenkin, Λ is not likely to be much smaller than the limit allowing galaxies to form.
Editorial note to "Large number coincidences and the anthropic principle in cosmology"
The methodology GS espouse can be computationally prohibitive.
Discussion of "Multiple Testing for Exploratory Research" by J. J. Goeman and A. Solari