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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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So how to avoid the counsel of despair to keep our head down and hope that it's not us next?
President McAleese, who wrote the introduction for the book, written by Ian McKeever, said: "It would be easy to lose hope and to give in to the counsel of despair.
'We can't achieve a sustained urban regeneration simply by fleeing to everexpanding suburbs, that's the counsel of despair.
His claim that the present law on heroin has not worked is the counsel of despair. The legal ban may not have stopped the surge of heroin on to the market, particularly in his own diocese of Edinburgh.
And as Northern Ireland faces up to a new dawn, children like Hope will, we trust, never hear the redundant roars of the apologists for bigotry and the counsel of despair.
At bottom, single-sex education is the counsel of despair. It says that the sexes can't be friends and colleagues and do serious work together--although the adult world (even the Army!) increasingly requires this--and can only "be themselves" in the absence of the other.
Dave Anderson is MP for Blaydon..We ignored the counsel of despair. None of the claims of certain vested interests came about
That is the counsel of despair. By these standards, most of Scotland could be described as a "backwater".
But even to suggest that is the counsel of despair.