Wan"hope`\, n. [AS. wan, won, deficient, wanting + hopa hope: cf. D. wanhoop. ????. See Wane, and Hope.] Want of hope; despair; also, faint or delusive hope; delusion. [Obs.] Piers Plowman. "Wanhope and distress." --Chaucer.
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