An act of adopting or supporting a cause, belief, or way of life
his espousal of the leftist cause
A marriage or engagement
bridal: archaic terms for a wedding or wedding feast
betrothal: the act of becoming betrothed or engaged
adoption: the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception; "its adoption by society"; "the proposal found wide acceptance"
Betrothal (also called espousal) is a formal state of engagement to be married.
A betrothal; A wedding ceremony; Adoption of a plan, cause, or idea
(ESPOUSALS) contracts. A mutual promise between a man and a woman to marry each other, at some other time: it differs from a marriage, because then the contract is completed. Wood's Inst. 57; vide Dig. 23, 1, 1; Code, 5, 1, 4; Novel, 115, c. 3, s. 11; Ayliffe's Parerg. 245 Aso & Man. Inst. B. ...