3. Prospective Affections


[Antonyms: hopelessness.]

[Nouns] hope, hopes; desire [more]; fervent hope, sanguine expectation, trust, confidence, reliance; faith (belief) [more]; affiance, assurance; secureness, security; reassurance.

good omen, good auspices; promise, well grounded hopes; good prospect, bright prospect; clear sky.

assumption, presumption; anticipation (expectation) [more].

hopefulness, buoyancy, optimism, enthusiasm, heart of grace, aspiration; optimist, utopist.

castles in the air, chateaux en Espagne, le pot au lait, Utopia, millennium; day dream, golden dream; dream of Alnaschar; airy hopes, fool's paradise; mirage (fallacies of vision) [more]; fond hope.

beam of hope, ray of hope, gleam of hope, glimmer of hope, flash of hope; dawn of hope, star of hope; cheer; bit of blue sky, silver lining, silver lining of the cloud, bottom of Pandora's box, balm in Gilead.

anchor, sheet anchor, mainstay; staff (support) [more]; heaven [more].

[Verbs] hope, trust, confide, rely on, put one's trust in; lean upon; pin one's hope upon, pin one's faith upon (believe) [more].

feel hope, entertain hope, harbor hope, indulge hope, cherish hope, feed hope, foster hope, nourish hope, encourage hope, cling to hope, live in hope; see land; feel assured, rest assured, feel confident, rest confident

presume; promise oneself; expect (look forward to) [more].

hope for (desire) [more]; anticipate.

be hopeful; look on the bright side of, view on the sunny side, voir en couleur de rose, make the best of it, hope for the best; put a good face upon, put a bold face upon, put the best face upon; keep one's spirits up; take heart, take heart of grace; be of good heart, be of good cheer; flatter oneself, "lay the flattering unction to one's soul" [Hamlet]

catch at a straw, hope against hope, reckon one's chickens before they are hatched.

give hope, inspire hope, raise hope, hold out hope; promise, bid fair, augur well, be in a fair way, look up, flatter, tell a flattering tale; raise expectations; encourage, cheer, assure, reassure, buoy up, embolden.

[Adjectives] hoping; in hopes; hopeful, confident; secure (certain) [more]; sanguine, in good heart, buoyed up, buoyant, elated, flushed, exultant, enthusiastic; heartsome; utopian.

unsuspecting, unsuspicious; fearless, free from fear, free from suspicion, free from distrust, free from despair, exempt from fear, exempt from suspicion, exempt from distrust, exempt from despair; undespairing, self reliant.

probable, on the high road to; within sight of shore, within sight of land; promising, propitious; of promise, full of promise; of good omen; auspicious, de bon augure; reassuring; encouraging, cheering, inspiriting, looking up, bright, roseate, couleur de rose, rose-colored.

[Adverbs] hopefully

[Interjections] God speed!

[Phrases] nil desperandum [Horace]; never say die, dum spiro spero, latet scintillula forsan, all is for the best, spero meliora; "the wish being father to the thought" [Henry IV]; "hope told a flattering tale"; rusticus expectat dum defluat amnis.

at spes non fracta; ego spem prietio non emo [Terencel]; un Dieu est ma fiance; "hope! thou nurse of young desire" [Bickerstaff]; in hoc signo spes mea; in hoc signo vinces; la speranza e il pan de miseri; l'esperance est le songe d'un homme eveille; "the mighty hopes that make us men" [Tennyson]; "the sickening pang of hope deferred" [Scott].

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