op-ta'-ti-o Lat. "hoping for, wishing"

Expressing a wish, often ardently.
  O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea.
—Isaiah 48:18

Shylock: Why, look you how you storm! / I would be friends with you, and have your love.
—Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice 1.3.137-138

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  Sources: Peacham (1577) K4v

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