Espousal

Es*pous"al

(?), n. [OF. espousailles, pl., F. 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.
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2. The uniting or allying one's self with anything; maintenance; adoption; as, the espousal of a quarrel.
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The open espousal of his cause.
Lord Orford.
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