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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Espousal  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  espousal 
  n  1:  the  act  of  becoming  betrothed  or  engaged  [syn:  {betrothal}] 
  2:  archaic  terms  for  a  wedding  or  wedding  feast  [syn:  {bridal}] 




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