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esperance

[es-per-uh ns] /ˈɛs pər əns/
noun, Obsolete
1.
hope.
Origin of esperance
late Middle English
1400-1450
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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  • Goutran and esperance went out together from the little hôtel in the avenue Montaugne.

    The Son of Monte Christo Jules Lermina
  • esperance turned to the wall, on which hung a fine picture of Monte-Cristo.

    The Son of Monte Christo Jules Lermina
  • He was annoyed as he realized afresh the smoothness of the operation that had brought him to the esperance.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • Monte-Cristo forgot this, and forgot that esperance was but twenty.

    The Son of Monte Christo Jules Lermina
  • It would have been all right but for this confounded uncertainty with regard to the esperance.

    A Life For a Love L. T. Meade
  • esperance bowed his head and pressed his lips on Jane's hand.

    The Son of Monte Christo Jules Lermina
  • The esperance's sails were furled and she went into battle under bare poles.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • If any accident happened to esperance he felt in a measure responsible.

    The Son of Monte Christo Jules Lermina
  • The esperance gave assurance that the deep-sea dredge had returned to the surface and would be kept there.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • It was indeed by this mysterious path that esperance had gone.

    The Son of Monte Christo Jules Lermina
British Dictionary definitions for esperance

esperance

/ˈɛspərəns/
noun
1.
(archaic) hope or expectation
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin sperantia (unattested), from Latin spērāre to hope, from spēs hope
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