Hypertext Webster Gateway: "hope"

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary (easton)

one of the three main elements of Christian character (1 Cor.
13:13). It is joined to faith and love, and is opposed to seeing
or possessing (Rom. 8:24; 1 John 3:2). "Hope is an essential and
fundamental element of Christian life, so essential indeed,
that, like faith and love, it can itself designate the essence
of Christianity (1 Pet. 3:15; Heb. 10:23). In it the whole glory
of the Christian vocation is centred (Eph. 1:18; 4:4)."
Unbelievers are without this hope (Eph. 2:12; 1 Thess. 4:13).
Christ is the actual object of the believer's hope, because it
is in his second coming that the hope of glory will be fulfilled
(1 Tim. 1:1; Col. 1:27; Titus 2:13). It is spoken of as
"lively", i.e., a living, hope, a hope not frail and perishable,
but having a perennial life (1 Pet. 1:3). In Rom. 5:2 the "hope"
spoken of is probably objective, i.e., "the hope set before us,"
namely, eternal life (comp. 12:12). In 1 John 3:3 the expression
"hope in him" ought rather to be, as in the Revised Version,
"hope on him," i.e., a hope based on God.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Hope \Hope\, n. [Cf. Icel. h[=o]p a small bay or inlet.]
1. A sloping plain between mountain ridges. [Obs.]

2. A small bay; an inlet; a haven. [Scot.] --Jamieson.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Hope \Hope\, n. [AS., akin to D. hoop, hope, Sw. hopp, Dan.
haab, MHG. hoffe. Hope in forlorn hope is different word. See
Forlorn hope, under {Forlorn}.]
1. A desire of some good, accompanied with an expectation of
obtaining it, or a belief that it is obtainable; an
expectation of something which is thought to be desirable;
confidence; pleasing expectancy.

The hypocrite's hope shall perish. --Job vii. 13.

He wished, but not with hope. --Milton.

New thoughts of God, new hopes of Heaven. --Keble.

2. One who, or that which, gives hope, furnishes ground of
expectation, or promises desired good.

The Lord will be the hope of his people. --Joel iii.

A young gentleman of great hopes, whose love of
learning was highly commendable. --Macaulay.

3. That which is hoped for; an object of hope.

Lavina is thine elder brother's hope. --Shak.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Hope \Hope\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Hoped}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Hoping}.] [AS. hopian; akin to D. hopen, Sw. hopp?, Dan.
haabe, G. hoffen. See 2nd {Hope}.]
1. To entertain or indulge hope; to cherish a desire of good,
or of something welcome, with expectation of obtaining it
or belief that it is obtainable; to expect; -- usually
followed by for. ``Hope for good success.'' --Jer. Taylor.

But I will hope continually. --Ps. lxxi.

2. To place confidence; to trust with confident expectation
of good; -- usually followed by in. ``I hope in thy
word.'' --Ps. cxix. 81.

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou
disquieted within me? Hope thou in God. --Ps. xlii.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Hope \Hope\, v. t.
1. To desire with expectation or with belief in the
possibility or prospect of obtaining; to look forward to
as a thing desirable, with the expectation of obtaining
it; to cherish hopes of.

We hope no other from your majesty. --Shak.

[Charity] hopeth all things. --1 Cor. xiii.

2. To expect; to fear. [Obs.] ``I hope he will be dead.''

Note: Hope is often used colloquially regarding
uncertainties, with no reference to the future. ``I
hope she takes me to be flesh and blood.'' --Mrs.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a specific instance of feeling hopeful; "it revived their
hope of winning the pennant"
2: the general feeling that some desire will be fulfilled; "in
spite of his troubles he never gave up hope" [ant: {despair}]
3: grounds for feeling hopeful about the future; "there is
little or no promise that he will recover" [syn: {promise}]
4: someone (or something) on which expectations are centered;
"he was their best hope for a victory"
5: United States comedian (born in England) who appeared in
films with Bing Crosby (born in 1903) [syn: {Hope}, {Bob
Hope}, {Leslie Townes Hope}]
6: one of the three Christian virtues
v 1: expect with desire; "I trust you will behave better from now
on"; "I hope she understands that she cannot expect a
raise" [syn: {trust}, {desire}]
2: be optimistic; be full of hope; have hopes; "I am still
hoping that all will turn out well" [ant: {despair}]
3: intend with some possibility of fulfilment; "I hope to have
finished this work by tomorrow evening" [syn: {go for}]

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