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espousaln. [OF. espousailles, pl., F. épousailles, L. sponsalia, fr. sponsalis belonging to betrothal or espousal. See Espouse, and cf. Sponsal, Spousal.].
  •  The act of espousing or betrothing; especially, in the plural, betrothal; plighting of the troths; a contract of marriage; sometimes, the marriage ceremony.  [1913 Webster]
  •  The uniting or allying one's self with anything; maintenance; adoption; as, the espousal of a quarrel.  [1913 Webster]
    "The open espousal of his cause."  [1913 Webster]


espousal, n.
1 (foll. by of) the espousing of a cause etc.
2 archaic a marriage or betrothal.

ME f. OF espousailles f. L sponsalia neut. pl. of sponsalis (as ESPOUSE)



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