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Meaning of ESPOUSAL

Pronunciation:  e'spawzul

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

ESPOUSAL is a 8 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: acceptance, acceptation, adoption, betrothal, bridal
 See Also: approval, approving, blessing, bosom, embrace, marriage, marriage ceremony, rite, ritual, wedding



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Es*pous"al\, n. [OF. espousailles, pl., F.
['e]pousailles, L. sponsalia, fr. sponsalis belonging to
betrothal or espousal. See {Espouse}, and cf. {Sponsal},
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.

Thesaurus Terms
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