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espousal

es·pous·al

espousal

 
pronunciation:
ih spaU zl
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: adoption of or commitment to a cause or idea.
Her espousal of religion changed her life.
antonyms:
repudiation
definition 2: a ceremony of marriage or engagement; betrothal.
similar words:
betrothal, matrimony
Word Parts
The word espousal contains the following part:
-al1 Latin noun-forming suffix that means act or result of
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The suffix -al1 attaches to verbs, primarily verbs from Latin or from Latin via French, to form nouns. The base verb always has primary stress on its final syllable.