Blend of hope + opium, as though it were a drug; regarding the surface analysis as hope + -ium, see copium § Etymology.
- (colloquial, derogatory) A clinging to unreasonable or unfounded hopes.
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Unfortunately, “hopeium” only creates false expectations that, in many cases, lead us to rejection and loss of the sale.