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espousal adoption of or commitment to a cause or idea. [2 definitions]
espouse to take up or commit oneself to (a cause or idea); embrace. [2 definitions]
espresso a strong coffee made by forcing pressurized steam through dark-roasted, finely ground coffee beans.
esprit liveliness of mind or spirit; wit and good cheer.
esprit de corps a sense of pride and honor shared by members of a group.
espy to catch sight of, esp. at a distance.
Esq. abbreviation of "Esquire."
-esque in the style or manner of; having a quality of.
esquire (cap.) an unofficial title of respect, usu. placed in its abbreviated form after a full name, esp. a lawyer's name. [4 definitions]
-ess female.
essay a short, usu. prose literary work that expresses the writer's ideas, feelings, and opinions on a particular subject. [4 definitions]
essayist one who writes essays.
esse to be (Latin); existence or essence; being.
essence the inherent qualities that make something what it is; crucial ingredients; central nature. [4 definitions]
Essene a member of an ascetic Jewish sect of mystics that existed from the second century B.C. to the second century A.D.
essential fundamental; necessary; indispensable. [4 definitions]
essentialism the educational doctrine that certain traditional values and skills are necessary elements of society and should be taught to all students.
essentially at the core; when the most important part is considered.
essential oil any rapidly evaporating oil that gives a characteristic odor or flavor to a plant, flower, or fruit, used in making perfumes, flavorings, and the like.
essonite a brown or yellow type of garnet; cinnamon stone.
-est used to form the superlative degree of many adjectives and adverbs.