2. Noun. (context: UK dialectal) Hopefulness; sanguineness. ¹
3. Verb. (transitive) To hope excessively; presume. ¹
4. Verb. (transitive UK dialectal) To hope constantly. ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Definition of Overhope
1. to hope exceedingly [v -HOPED, -HOPING, -HOPES]
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Overhope
Literary usage of Overhope
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Hymns to the Virgin & Christ, the Parliament of Devils, and Other Religious by Lambeth Palace Library, Frederick James Furnivall (1867)
"overhope, or vain Confidence that they will ever do well, ia the cause of ... overhope still lures them on; .«•• v "" p'i -r ( THE MIRROR OP THE PERIODS OF ..."
2. Religious Pieces in Prose and Verse: Ed. from Robert Thornton's Ms. (cir by George Gresley Perry, Lincoln Cathedral Library (1889)
"One,prep. on, 17/ii, 91/g2 ; = in, 2/34. Orloge, si. clock, 68/3, io. overhope, si. presumption, 10/2O. ..."
3. The Works of Francis Bacon by Francis Bacon, James Spedding, Robert Leslie Ellis, Douglas Denon Heath, William Rawley (1879)
"... good though it be, yet because it is not so good, it seems to you more like a loss than a gain, by reason of the overhope. If neither more nor less, ..."