The first thing that we have to make clear is the etymological origin of the term glimpse that now occupies us. In that case, it must be stated that it is a word that comes from Latin, exactly to peek. This verb that derives from the adjective “vistus”, which is synonymous with “seen”.
Glimpse is he act of peeping: glimpse, look demurely. The concept is also used as synonymous of glimpse (a suspicion or a conjecture).
The most common use of the notion is associated with sign or the indication Of something. For instance: “The president’s announcement erased all glimpses of optimism in the economy”, “There is still a glimmer of hope, but we know that the situation is very complicated”, “The Czech player did not show signs of fatigue”.
Suppose a journalist conducts an interview with a mayor who was convicted of corruption. In the talk, the politician affirms that his ambition led him to make mistakes and, through tears, admits that he suffers constantly since he understood that he misappropriated public funds that were going to be destined to people who needed the help of the Condition. For the journalist, the note shows a “Hint of regret” in the mayor: his words and his attitude reflect that the man is sorry for having committed the crime in question.
Many times the idea of glimpse appears linked to first evidence of the beginning of a situation or the beginning of a process. Take the case of a tennis player who, in a best of five sets match, loses the first two sets. In the first game of the third set, however, he breaks his opponent’s serve and then maintains his serve. In the audience, one viewer tells another that they notice a “Glimpse of recovery” in the player who, for the moment, loses the game. This is because the athlete begins to show symptoms of an improvement in their level.
In the same way, the expression “glimmer of hope” is very frequently used. This can be used in phrases such as the following: “Manuel’s serious illness and the state in which he found himself put an end to any glimmer of hope among his loved ones.”
There is also another very common expression that is used with the term at hand. It is a hint of doubt. This is usually used in sentences such as this: “The jury is not clear about the innocence or guilt of the accused and it is that they have a hint of doubt.”
Likewise, we cannot forget the existence of the expression “glimpse of peace”. This can be found, for example, in the song “Whether I have it or not” by the Almeria artist David Bisbal.
Within the literary field, there is a trilogy entitled “Los cruces del Atisbo”. It is written by Julián R. Rabadán.