Definition of espial in English:

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espial

Pronunciation: /əsˈpī(ə)l/

noun

archaic
The action of watching or catching sight of something or someone or the fact of being seen: he withdrew from his point of espial
More example sentences
  • Presently he moved forward, and, with head still bent, approached the lower end of the garden, where, in a wall higher than that over which Goldthorpe made his espial, there was a wooden door.
  • Among the crowd entering the exhibition he could easily keep her in sight without risk of his espial being detected.

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense 'spying'): from Old French espiaille, from espier 'espy'.

Words that rhyme with espial

denial, dial, Lyall, mistrial, myall, Niall, phial, trial, vial, viol

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Syllabification: es·pi·al

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