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They openly espouse an extremist ideology.
  take up a cause, theory, or other idea
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Archaic:  At one time, "espouse" referenced "spouse" as in to marry someone or give someone in marriage.
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  • They openly espouse an extremist ideology.
  • Reference other critics’ opinions as a backhanded way to espouse their own.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • If they were to be a company espousing transparency, and the global and unending advantages of open access, they needed to be living that ideal, always and everywhere, and especially on campus.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • That is why "I determined to …. espouse the holy cause of Southern freedom."
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865

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  • (She smiles): I would fain—seeing you thus espouse my cause, Roxane—believe it a proof of love!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • But suddenly Helene, who was getting bored, said with one of her bewitching smiles: "But I think that having espoused the true religion I cannot be bound by what a false religion laid upon me."
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The writer was not known for espousing a single conviction of his own.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • At first some rash individuals, principally of the gentler sex, espoused his cause, which became still more popular when the Illustrated London News came out with his portrait, copied from a photograph in the Reform Club.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Heyward gathered from the manners of the different speakers, that the father and son espoused one side of a disputed question, while the white man maintained the other.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • I give you his very words; and if the marquis chooses to be candid, he will confess that they perfectly agree with what his majesty said to him, when he went six months ago to consult him upon the subject of your espousing his daughter.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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  • Those who espoused Melanie’s side pointed triumphantly to the fact that Melanie was constantly with Scarlett these days.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • You shall see what sort of a being I was cheated into espousing, and judge whether or not I had a right to break the compact, and seek sympathy with something at least human.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • While we recognize an owner’s right to dictate the policy of his paper on political, sociological or economic issues, we believe that a situation has gone past the limits of decency when an employer expects self-respecting men to espouse the cause of a common criminal.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • A pretty dispute followed, in which Edna warmly espoused her father’s cause and the Doctor remained neutral.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • God allows evil to come about because mankind has espoused it, and now we are beginning to feel the burden of our own evil and imperfections.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • And it was the first time in her life that she had actively espoused a Principle.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • McCandless conveniently overlooked the fact that London himself had spent just a single winter in the North and that he’d died by his own hand on his California estate at the age of forty, a fatuous drunk, obese and pathetic, maintaining a sedentary existence that bore scant resemblance to the ideals he espoused in print.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • So he reigned in the room of Laius, and espoused the widowed queen.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • "A flock of our fellows are going to drive over by-and-by, and I’ll be hanged if I don’t make them buy every flower she’s got, and camp down before her table afterward," said Laurie, espousing her cause with warmth.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • The fights ceased after two days as the Communicators walked up and down the school espousing calm.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • "And who charges me with this, monseigneur?" said d’Artagnan, who had no doubt the accusation came from Milady, "a woman branded by the justice of the country; a woman who has espoused one man in France and another in England; a woman who poisoned her second husband and who attempted both to poison and assassinate me!"
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Would she not prefer to espouse death itself rather than that living corpse?
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • But if Tom did make a mistake of that sort, he espoused it, and stood by it: he "didn’t mind."
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • It was about this time that Terah espoused the mother of Abraham and she was with child….
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • The marshals and their attendants appeared next on the field, together with the heralds, for the purpose of receiving the names of the knights who intended to joust, with the side which each chose to espouse.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Mrs. Fisher was small, fiery and dramatic; and her hands and eyes were admirable instruments in the service of whatever causes he happened to espouse.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • But if Dorothea did choose to espouse her solitude, he felt that the resolution would well become her.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • A gospel that espoused the beliefs of at least some people during the birth of Christianity.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • They are none of your unhappy wretches who begin by having no family, and end by espousing the public.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The other had espoused a smallish squire in Norfolk and, though married but the other day, had already five children.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • …being a member of the Assembly, I could not possibly accept of any; that, however, I had no personal enmity to the proprietary, and that, whenever the public measures he propos’d should appear to be for the good of the people, no one should espouse and forward them more zealously than myself; my past opposition having been founded on this, that the measures which had been urged were evidently intended to serve the proprietary interest, with great prejudice to that of the people; that I…
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • He well knew that fortune is generally the principal, if not the sole, consideration, which operates on the best of parents in these matters: for friendship makes us warmly espouse the interest of others; but it is very cold to the gratification of their passions.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • L. Bloom, who met with a mixed reception of applause and hisses, having espoused the negative the vocalist chairman brought the discussion to a close, in response to repeated requests and hearty plaudits from all parts of a bumper house, by a remarkably noteworthy rendering of the immortal Thomas Osborne Davis’ evergreen verses (happily too familiar to need recalling here) A nation once again in the execution of which the veteran patriot champion may be said without fear of…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Influenced by these considerations, he espoused the young gentleman’s quarrel with great warmth, protesting that he had done quite right, and that he respected him for it; which John Browdie (albeit not quite clear as to the merits) immediately protested too, with not inferior vehemence.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • In that way Vinteuil’s phrase, like some theme, say, in Tristan, which represents to us also a certain acquisition of sentiment, has espoused our mortal state, had endued a vesture of humanity that was affecting enough.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Every government would espouse the common cause.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • This was art which sprang from a cult very different from the faith espoused by St. Kevin.
    Seamus Heaney  --  Crediting Poetry
  • It was on her lips to ask her guide which king Lord Brune had espoused, but it made no matter any longer.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • The other had espoused a smallish squire in Norfolk and, though married but the other day, had already five children.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • Lucius Cary, Viscount Falkland, was an English politician who espoused the royalist side; he was killed in battle in the Civil War.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • So, get thee gone: commend me to thy lord; Withal say that the queen hath heartily consented He should espouse Elizabeth her daughter.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • I will take your word so far as her teeth are concerned, but it would be pleasant if I might gaze upon her face before I espoused her.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • It was, of course, nothing more than sexism, the especially virulent type espoused by male techies who sincerely believe that they are too smart to be sexists.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • It was only to be found by continuous excursions into either realm, and though proportion is the final secret, to espouse it at the outset is to insure sterility.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Some of the science it espoused later proved to be not so benign — and some of the scientists it promoted were unusual role models for the nation’s children.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • There was a Lion red, a wooer daring, Within the Lily’s tepid bath espoused, And both, tormented then by flame unsparing, By turns in either bridal chamber housed.
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • That it was, at the least, inconsistent for slave owners to he espousing freedom and equality was not lost on Adams, any more than on others on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • If I cannot espouse Mabel, ye’ll no object to my esteeming her, and speaking well of her, and of yoursal’, too, on all suitable occasions and in all companies.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • Paul and the Doctor were diametrically opposed to each other in opinion; the former declaring for an immediate appeal to arms, and the latter was warmly espousing the policy of pacific measures.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • Though I would carefully avoid giving unnecessary offense, yet I am inclined to believe, that all those who espouse the doctrine of reconciliation, may be included within the following descriptions.
    Thomas Paine  --  Common Sense
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