Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun espousal

3 senses of espousal

Sense 1
bridal, espousal -- (archaic terms for a wedding or wedding feast)
       => marriage, wedding, marriage ceremony -- (the act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony; "their marriage was conducted in the chapel")

Sense 2
betrothal, espousal -- (the act of becoming betrothed or engaged)
       => ritual, rite -- (any customary observance or practice)

Sense 3
adoption, acceptance, acceptation, espousal -- (the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception; "its adoption by society"; "the proposal found wide acceptance")
       => blessing, approval, approving -- (the formal act of approving; "he gave the project his blessing"; "his decision merited the approval of any sensible person")

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