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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ESPOUSE

Among the first to espouse the abolition doctrines was Judge Tilden.

I wish the one you espouse at present, much joy of the acquisition it has made.'

Me, Morgan la fée, espouse one of these roistering, cursing foreigners?

He had said that he had changed his mind and should not continue to espouse the Thomas cause.

His clan were, however, anxious to espouse the cause of Charles Edward.

I have need enough of forgiveness to espouse the softer argument.

Her wealth left her free to espouse the cause of womanhood at large.

Nothing on earth would have induced March to espouse any cause warmly.

I will espouse its interests and its opinions: I will make myself beloved by it.

One is, that I hope through the English the cause I espouse may triumph.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., "to take as spouse, marry," from Old French espouser "marry, take in marriage, join in marriage" (11c., Modern French épouser), from Latin sponsare, past participle of spondere (see espousal).

Extended sense of "adopt, embrace" a cause, party, etc., is from 1620s. Related: Espoused; espouses; espousing. For initial e-, see especial.

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