Definitions for: Espousal


[n] the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception; "its adoption by society"; "the proposal found wide acceptance"
[n] archaic terms for a wedding or wedding feast
[n] the act of becoming betrothed or engaged



Webster (1913) Definition: Es*pous"al, n. [OF. espousailles, pl., F.
['e]pousailles, L. sponsalia, fr. sponsalis belonging to
betrothal or espousal. See Espouse, and cf. Sponsal,
Spousal.]
1. The act of espousing or betrothing; especially, in the
plural, betrothal; plighting of the troths; a contract of
marriage; sometimes, the marriage ceremony.

2. The uniting or allying one's self with anything;
maintenance; adoption; as, the espousal of a quarrel.

The open espousal of his cause. --Lord Orford.

Synonyms: acceptance, acceptation, adoption, betrothal, bridal

See Also: approval, approving, blessing, bosom, embrace, marriage, marriage ceremony, rite, ritual, wedding

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