Espousal



[ih-spou-zuh l, -suh l] /ɪˈspaʊ zəl, -səl/

noun
1.
adoption or advocacy, as of a cause or principle.
2.
Sometimes, espousals.

/ɪˈspaʊzəl/
noun
1.
adoption or support: an espousal of new beliefs
2.
(sometimes pl) (archaic) a marriage or betrothal ceremony
n.

late 14c., from Old French esposailles (plural) “act of betrothal” (12c., Modern French époussailles), from Latin sponsalia “betrothal, espousal,” noun use of neuter plural of sponsalis “of a betrothal,” from sponsa “spouse.” For the -e- see especial.

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