• WordNet 3.6
    • n espousal the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception "its adoption by society","the proposal found wide acceptance"
    • n espousal the act of becoming betrothed or engaged
    • n espousal archaic terms for a wedding or wedding feast
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Espousal The act of espousing or betrothing; especially, in the plural, betrothal; plighting of the troths; a contract of marriage; sometimes, the marriage ceremony.
    • Espousal The uniting or allying one's self with anything; maintenance; adoption; as, the espousal of a quarrel. "The open espousal of his cause."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n espousal The act of espousing or betrothing; formal contract or celebration of marriage: frequently used in the plural.
    • n espousal Assumption of the protection or defense of anything; advocacy; a taking upon one's self; adoption as by wedding.
    • espousal Relating to the act of espousing or betrothing; marriage (used adjectively).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Espousal the act of espousing or betrothing: the taking upon one's self, as a cause:
    • ns Espousal (pl.) a contract or mutual promise of marriage
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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
OF. espousailles, pl., F. épousailles, L. sponsalia, fr. sponsalis, belonging to betrothal or espousal. See Espouse, and cf. Sponsal Spousal
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. espouser (Fr. épouser)—L. sponsārespondēre, sponsum, to promise.


In literature:

Sally Flattery's uncle, in the absence of her father, indignantly espoused the cause of his niece.
"Phelim O'toole's Courtship and Other Stories Traits And Stories Of The Irish Peasantry, The Works of William Carleton, Volume Three" by William Carleton
I come to you as a friend, to ask which side you espouse.
"The Gold Hunter's Adventures" by William H. Thomes
Great multitudes now crowded around him and openly espoused his cause.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
In Germany the authorities and scientific people have very strongly espoused Esperanto.
"Esperanto: Hearings before the Committee on Education" by Richard Bartholdt and A. Christen
Our Romish bondage-breaker Harry, Espoused half a dozen wives.
"The Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland (1753)" by Theophilus Cibber
It is not so clear why Clement warmly espoused the cause of Sforza.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
This was only a few days before Her Majesty espoused Prince Albert.
"Elizabeth Fry" by Mrs. E. R. Pitman
The King of Sidon, who had been so greatly favoured by Sennacherib, had espoused the Egyptian cause.
"Myths of Babylonia and Assyria" by Donald A. Mackenzie
He espoused the "Theory and Practice of Dr. Samuel Thompson" with unreserved confidence.
"Life and Labors of Elder John Kline, the Martyr Missionary" by John Kline
Only one priest, M. de Lotbiniere, a man, it is said, of profligate character, espoused the cause of the invaders.
"A Canadian Manor and Its Seigneurs" by George M. Wrong

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
Laertes: I have two better; one of them for thee.
Penelope, who died five years ago,
Spun it; her husband wore it only once
And but one year, the anniversary
Of their espousal.
"Homer And Laertes" by Walter Savage Landor
Some heart that can never be swerved from its mooring,
Though tempests may thunder and billows may roar,
That espouses my fate in spite of such roaring,
And when trials are sorest will trust even more.
"Kindred Spirits" by Jared Barhite

In news:

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.
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.
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.
The number of mosques in America has jumped 74 percent since 2000, and the majority of them—56 percent— espouse a less-than-literal approach to interpreting Islam's holy texts.
The one espoused by Adam Smith, the father figure of capitalism.
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.
Moncrief expressed pure delight at the prospect of working with the newest council member and espoused the "Fort Worth Way" method of working together to shape city policy.
It ran in a 1997 issue of Backwoods Home, a magazine espousing Libertarian principles and living off the grid.
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