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Although you can indeed haave a yearning hope for something, yearning itself is a feeling of intense longing for something. So yearning for something doesn't intrinsically include hope, no. Edit: would probably be better if I explained why this is the case. I could, say, yearn for a reconciliation with my ex-girlfriend, even though I know for a fact ...


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It can be described as a set phrase: (grammar) A common expression whose wording is not subject to variation. (Yourdictionary.com)


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Of the many synonyms on offer, adage is a good fit: A proverb or short statement expressing a general truth



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