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a counsel of despair

An admission of defeat, hopelessness, or resignation to a particular negative outcome or situation. It saddens me to hear such a counsel of despair from our president about the situation regarding our healthcare system. Though obviously spruced up with media-friendly spin, the PR statement amounted to little more than a counsel of despair regarding the company's future outlooks.
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a counsel of despair

an action to be taken when all else fails.
2003 Guardian This is not a counsel of despair. The argument in favour of the euro can be won, as Winning From Behind, a pamphlet published today by Britain in Europe, argues.
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And yet far from being a counsel of despair, the Goal- keepers event attempted to rally support for a range of health and education solutions to counter the looming demographic crisis that Gates believes lies in wait if ef- fective action is not taken.
And yet far from being a counsel of despair, the Goalkeepers event attempted to rally support for a range of health and education solutions to counter the looming demographic crisis that Gates believes lies in wait if effective action is not taken.
This is not a counsel of despair, just a statement of fact.
"We must look to ourselves - and if all we hear from Scottish ministers here is a counsel of despair, we will miss the opportunities which are in our grasp.
Prof Dr Adal Soomro informed the festival that Ayaz consulted with friends in Sukkur before accepting Bhutto's offer and some friends gave him a counsel of despair. 'But he went ahead with the job, dreaming of transforming SU but the dream wasn't fulfilled.'
So how to avoid the counsel of despair to keep our head down and hope that it's not us next?
Fr Brendan Hoban of the ACP said: "Doing nothing is not just irresponsible but a counsel of despair."
This isn't a counsel of despair; it's a counsel of humility.
"If it can be done, it will be done" is a counsel of despair. Most of the NSA's ever-expanding activities over the past 10 years have served no legitimate purpose, and it's high time that it was forced to obey both the letter and the spirit of the law.
This is not a counsel of despair. It is, instead, an argument to offer a helping hand.
But former Scots Secretary Lord Forsyth said: "I don't share that particular counsel of despair.
But the principle of the Middle Ages is a heteronomy in the form of clericalism; a return to that can be a counsel of despair, and it would be at the cost of intellectual honesty.
It was in that sense a counsel of despair and desolation.
Of itself, the fact that-in his words--'only a few works by Bellini have been firmly dated [probably meaning 'are firmly dated'] or are reliably datable by means of documents' need not be a counsel of despair, but the truth is that for all their evolutionary diversity, the exact sequence of execution of Bellini's paintings remains a source of endless and seemingly unresolvable dispute.