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May 21, 2015
This week’s theme
Verbs

This week’s words
devolve
edify
parlay
espouse
acerbate

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espouse

PRONUNCIATION:
(i-SPOUZ)

MEANING:
verb tr.:
1. To adopt or support a cause, idea, belief, etc.
2. To take as spouse: marry.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old French espouser, from Latin sponsare (to betroth), from sponsus (betrothed). Ultimately from the Indo-European root spend- (to make an offering or perform a rite), which is also the source of sponsor, spouse, respond, and riposte. Earliest documented use: 1477.

USAGE:
“Chevy Eugene’s research focuses on the arts as a key tool for Caribbean integration -- an idea he not only espouses, but actively pursues.”
Time for a New Kind of Black Activism; Toronto Star (Canada); Apr 19, 2015.

See more usage examples of espouse in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
In words as fashions the same rule will hold, / Alike fantastic if too new or old; / Be not the first by whom the new are tried, / Nor yet the last to lay the old aside. -Alexander Pope, poet (21 May 1688-1744)

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