English version

pious hope/wish

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishpious hope/wishpious hope/wishWANTsomething that you want to be true or to happen, but that is very unlikely All these agreements and ideas remain little more than pious hopes in the present climate. pious
Examples from the Corpus
pious hope/wishBut in the present climate that is a somewhat pious hope.But these were merely pious hopes.The international community has so far salved its conscience by voicing a succession of pious hopes.This may be a pious hope.Criteria Unless there is a quantitative criterion there is no objective, only a pious hope of better times.
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