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Spouse (Spouze, 1 syl.)

means one whom sponsors have answered for. In Rome, before marriage, the friends of the parties about to be married met at the house of the woman’s father to settle the marriage contract. This contract was called sponsaʹlia (espousals); the man and woman were spouses. The contracting parties were each asked, “An spondes” (Do you agree?), and replied “Spondeo” (I agree).

Spouse of Jesus. “Our seraphic mother, the holy Tereʹsa,” born at Avʹila in 1515, is so called in the Roman Catholic Church.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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