AskDefine | Define espousal

Dictionary Definition



1 archaic terms for a wedding or wedding feast [syn: bridal]
2 the act of becoming betrothed or engaged [syn: betrothal]
3 the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception; "its adoption by society"; "the proposal found wide acceptance" [syn: adoption, acceptance, acceptation]

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  1. A betrothal.
  2. A wedding ceremony.
  3. Adoption of a plan, cause, or idea.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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