1. to despair (obsolete except archaic)
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from wan- (a prefix expressing privation or negation (approximately equivalent to un-
or mis-)) + hope n.
From E-NED: In early use chiefly, despair of salvation. Hence often in amatory compositions which imitate religious language.
From: The Wood Beyond the World
By William Morris, 1895
Chapter XXIX. Walter strays in in the pass and is sundered from the maid.