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[es-per-uh ns]
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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Examples from the Web for esperance

Historical Examples

  • Esperance turned to the wall, on which hung a fine picture of Monte-Cristo.

    The Son of Monte Christo

    Jules Lermina

  • Monte-Cristo forgot this, and forgot that Esperance was but twenty.

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

  • Do you know, Esperance, the greatest sacrifice I can ask of you?

  • Esperance was annoyed that his mood had been so readily divined.

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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