One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1in singular An act of adopting or supporting a cause, belief, or way of life.‘his espousal of Western ideas’
adoption, embracing, taking up, taking to, taking to one's heart, enthusiastic reception, wholehearted reception, acceptance, welcomeView synonyms
- ‘It was vociferous in its espousal of economic and social separatism.’
- ‘If ever a group of people damaged a cause by their espousal of it, these were the guys.’
- ‘Indeed, in their passionate espousal of British values, they were in some ways more British than the British.’
- ‘Common to all these groups, either white or black, is either a total reinterpretation of Biblical text to support a racist agenda or an espousal of neo-pagan beliefs.’
- ‘Whatever you think of his free-wheeling espousal of free-market economics, many of us have found his air service is invaluable for getting around Europe at a decent price.’
- ‘And although his commitment to fox-hunting seems repellent from this vantage point, his espousal of organic farming is a much more meaningful commitment to animal welfare than any hunt saboteur ever made.’
- ‘The precondition for the emergence of the police officer as a credible figure was the professionalization of the police, and their espousal of the important social mandate of crime control.’
- ‘The espousal of such a view by a leading English-as-a-second-language practitioner shows that the national English language policy has failed.’
- ‘In fact, these laws were constructed primarily to prevent the espousal of anti-Jewish sentiments.’
- ‘Furthermore, Dettori's espousal of the celebrity lifestyle is at odds with one of the most demanding and time-consuming of sporting professions.’
- ‘His argument echoes that of the right wing, whose argument against multiculturalism comes from a disdain and hostility towards cultural differences and an espousal of nationalism.’
- ‘Mansfield was perhaps the most outspoken in his espousal of land distribution.’
- ‘The continued espousal of nebulous notions, such as the efficient use of savings and the major role played by the U.S. banking system in improved productivity, is most unfortunate.’
- ‘His espousal of peace and human rights as a devout Christian has won him the sympathy of many people around the world.’
- ‘The rapid expansion of the lighting and metalwork side of Benson's business was much aided by his enthusiastic espousal of new technology.’
- ‘The danger posed by any expansionist authoritarian regime is proportional to its strength, not its espousal of democratic principles.’
- ‘It was not only single-minded attachment to their craft that defined these early hackers but their espousal of an ideology informally called the ‘hacker ethic’.’
- ‘Would a radical espousal of western values and lifestyle help?’
- ‘His espousal of small-scale, low-tech local production is combined with a mystical evocation of petty agriculture and ‘community’.’
- ‘Her espousal of a brand of Catholic fundamentalism, that for too long had a deleterious effect on Irish society, is enough to put me off for life.’
2archaic A marriage or engagement.
- ‘In Jewish custom, this couple was called husband and wife before the actual marriage took place, and the espousal could be broken if either one was found to be unfaithful during that period.’
- ‘After the espousal the maiden returned once more to her parents' home whilst her husband, though he had houses elsewhere, built her a new and larger dwelling-place near his father-in-law.’
Late Middle English: from Old French espousaille, from Latin sponsalia ‘betrothal’, neuter plural of sponsalis (adjective), from sponsare ‘espouse, betroth’ (see espouse).
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