Esprit de corps a French phrase much used by English writers to denote the common spirit pervading the members of a body or association of persons. It implies sympathy, enthusiasm, devotion, and jealous regard for the honor of the body as a whole.

(Es*py") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Espied ; p. pr. & vb. n. Espying.] [OF. espier, F. épier, from OHG. spehn to watch, spy, G. spähen; akin to L. specere to look, species sight, shape, appearance, kind. See Spice, Spy, and cf. Espionage.]

1. To catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes; to discover, as a distant object partly concealed, or not obvious to notice; to see at a glance; to discern unexpectedly; to spy; as, to espy land; to espy a man in a crowd.

As one of them opened his sack to give his ass provender in the inn, . . . he espied his money.
Gen. xlii. 27.

A goodly vessel did I then espy
Come like a giant from a haven broad.

2. To inspect narrowly; to examine and keep watch upon; to watch; to observe.

He sends angels to espy us in all our ways.
Jer. Taylor.

Syn. — To discern; discover; detect; descry; spy.

(Es*py"), v. i. To look or search narrowly; to look about; to watch; to take notice; to spy.

Stand by the way, and espy.
Jer. xlviii. 19.

Espouse to Estate

(Es*pouse") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Espoused ; p. pr. & vb. n. Espousing.] [OF. espouser, esposer, F. épouser, L. sponsare to betroth, espouse, fr. sponsus betrothed, p. p. of spondere to promise solemnly or sacredly. Cf. Spouse.]

1. To betroth; to promise in marriage; to give as spouse.

A virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph.
Luke i. 27.

2. To take as spouse; to take to wife; to marry.

Lavinia will I make my empress, . . .
And in the sacred Pantheon her espouse.

3. To take to one's self with a view to maintain; to make one's own; to take up the cause of; to adopt; to embrace. "He espoused that quarrel." Bacon.

Promised faithfully to espouse his cause as soon as he got out of the war.
Bp. Burnet.

(Es*pouse"ment) n. [Cf. OF. espousement.] The act of espousing, or the state of being espoused.

(Es*pous"er) n. One who espouses; one who embraces the cause of another or makes it his own.

(||Es`pres*si"vo) a. [It.] (Mus.) With expression.

(Es*prin"gal) n. [See Springal.] (Mil. Antiq.) An engine of war used for throwing viretons, large stones, and other missiles; a springal.

(||Es`prit") n. [F. See Spirit.] Spirit.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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