Es*pous"al (?), n. [OF. espousailles, pl., F. 'epousailles, 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.

 

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