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[es-per-uh ns]
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noun Obsolete.
  1. hope.
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Origin of esperance

1400–50; late Middle English esperaunce < Middle French esperance < Vulgar Latin *spērantia, equivalent to Latin spērant- (stem of spērāns) hoping (present participle of spērāre, derivative of spēs hope) + -ia -ia
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Historical Examples

  • Esperance smiled, but as he knew that Jane was safe, he did not arouse her nurse.

    The Son of Monte Christo

    Jules Lermina

  • Esperance did not know the sensation, and now he simply expected some revelation.

  • Esperance, bearing her in his vigorous arms, made his way into the road.

  • Esperance looked up at this moment, and Goutran made him a signal.

  • Esperance looked at the cards, and uttered an exclamation of joy.

British Dictionary definitions for esperance


  1. archaic hope or expectation
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Word Origin

C15: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin sperantia (unattested), from Latin spērāre to hope, from spēs hope
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