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  • n. Plural form of spousal.


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  • "spousals" had astonished the vulgar -- the little nightingale of

    Sketches — Complete

  • I do approve that of St. Ambrose (Comment. in Genesis xxiv. 51), which he hath written touching Rebecca's spousals, A woman should give unto her parents the choice of her husband, [5876] lest she be reputed to be malapert and wanton, if she take upon her to make her own choice; [5877] for she should rather seem to be desired by a man, than to desire a man herself.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • The fame of this extraordinary conjunction spread all over the county; and, on the day appointed for their spousals, the church was surrounded by an inconceivable multitude.

    The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

  • Seuenthly, he despightfully abaseth our solemnizings of marriages, spousals, birth-dayes, and our customes at burials.

    A briefe commentarie of Island, by Arngrimus Ionas

  • Conceive, Fred, what the fair young creature must have felt at the bare idea of such shocking spousals!

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, No. 382, October 1847

  • Offa (at South Town, now Sutton, near Hereford), with a splendid retinue, to treat of the intended spousals.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 20, No. 576, November 17, 1832

  • I am at no loss for materials concerning you and your family, but am in doubt what to mention first—whether how your father Tromes, being servant to Elpias, who kept a reading-school in the temple of Theseus, wore a weight of fetters and a collar; or how your mother, by her morning spousals in the cottage by Hero Calamites, reared up you, the beautiful statue, the eminent third-rate actor!

    III. On the Crown

  • He had no sooner gained the green-room shade of his elm than the whole of the Brethren were summoned forth anew; this time to assist at the spousals of Queen

    Brother Copas

  • He maketh revels and feasts and spousals, and giveth many good gifts to friends and guests, and comforteth and gladdeth his guests with songs and pipes and other minstrelsy of music.

    Mediaeval Lore from Bartholomew Anglicus

  • Not far off is Sodoma's lovely Catherine fainting under the sweet dolour of her spousals.

    Earthwork out of Tuscany Being Impressions and Translations of Maurice Hewlett


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