espousal

When you speak up in favor of something or support a cause, that's espousal. Your espousal of energy conservation can be seen in your electric car and the solar panels on your house.

Espousal of one political candidate over another can be expressed with a sign in your yard or a big financial contribution to the campaign. During a debate, each person adopts the espousal of one strong viewpoint and then they argue with each other. In the old days, an espousal was an engagement or a wedding — gaining a spouse, in other words. This is the original meaning, with the figurative "married to principles" definition dating from about 1670.

Primary Meanings of espousal

1.
n
the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception
2.
n
the act of becoming betrothed or engaged
Full Definitions of espousal
1

n the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception

Synonyms:
acceptance, acceptation, adoption
Types:
bosom, embrace
a close affectionate and protective acceptance
Type of:
approval, approving, blessing
the formal act of approving
2

n the act of becoming betrothed or engaged

Synonyms:
betrothal
Type of:
rite, ritual
any customary observance or practice

n archaic terms for a wedding or wedding feast

Synonyms:
bridal
Type of:
marriage, marriage ceremony, wedding
the act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony

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