Usage English (Archaic)
Pronounced Pron. ES-pər-ənts
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Contributor Contrib.erb816 on 1/19/2017
From an English word (now obsolete) for "hope." The battle cry of Harry Hotspur was "Esperance en Dieu," or "hope in God," which was the motto for House Percy. The French form, Espérance, is typically found in religious texts (the word espoir is far more common).