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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: espouser, from Latin sponsus; SPOUSE

espouse

verb
     
es‧pouse [transitive]
formal to support an idea, belief etc, especially a political one
espouse a cause/policy etc
He espoused a variety of scientific, social and political causes.
espousal noun [singular, uncountable]
her espousal of liberal reforms

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