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counsel    : [k'ɑʊnsəl]
Counsel \Coun"sel\ (koun"s[e^]l), n. [OE. conseil, F. conseil,
fr. L. consilium, fr. the root of consulere to consult, of
uncertain origin. Cf. {Consult}, {Consul}.]
1. Interchange of opinions; mutual advising; consultation.
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All the chief priest and elders of the people took
counsel against Jesus, to put him to death. --Matt.
xxvii. 1.
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2. Examination of consequences; exercise of deliberate
judgment; prudence.
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They all confess, therefore, in the working of that
first cause, that counsel is used. --Hooker.
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3. Result of consultation; advice; instruction.
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I like thy counsel; well hast thou advised. --Shak.
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It was ill counsel had misled the girl. --Tennyson.
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4. Deliberate purpose; design; intent; scheme; plan.
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The counsel of the Lord standeth forever. --Ps.
xxxiii. 11.
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The counsels of the wicked are deceit. --Prov. xii.
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5. A secret opinion or purpose; a private matter.
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Thilke lord . . . to whom no counsel may be hid.
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6. One who gives advice, especially in legal matters; one
professionally engaged in the trial or management of a
cause in court; also, collectively, the legal advocates
united in the management of a case; as, the defendant has
able counsel.
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The King found his counsel as refractory as his
judges. --Macaulay.
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Note: In some courts a distinction is observed between the
attorney and the counsel in a cause, the former being
employed in the management of the more mechanical parts
of the suit, the latter in attending to the pleadings,
managing the cause at the trial, and in applying the
law to the exigencies of the case during the whole
progress of the suit. In other courts the same person
can exercise the powers of each. See {Attorney}.
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{In counsel}, in secret. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

{To keep counsel}, or

{To keep one's own counsel}, to keep one's thoughts,
purposes, etc., undisclosed.
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The players can not keep counsel: they 'll tell all.

Syn: Advice; consideration; consultation; purpose; scheme;
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Counsel \Coun"sel\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Counseled} (-s[e^]ld)
or {Counselled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Counseling} or
{Counselling}.] [OE. conseilen, counseilen, F. conseiller,
fr. L. consiliari, fr. consilium counsel.]
1. To give advice to; to advice, admonish, or instruct, as a
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Good sir, I do in friendship counsel you
To leave this place. --Shak.
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2. To advise or recommend, as an act or course.
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They who counsel war. --Milton.
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Thus Belial, with words clothed in reason's garb,
Counseled ignoble ease and peaceful sloth. --Milton.
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n 1: a lawyer who pleads cases in court [synonym: {advocate},
{counsel}, {counselor}, {counsellor}, {counselor-at-law},
2: something that provides direction or advice as to a decision
or course of action [synonym: {guidance}, {counsel},
{counseling}, {counselling}, {direction}]
v 1: give advice to; "The teacher counsels troubled students";
"The lawyer counselled me when I was accused of tax fraud"
[synonym: {rede}, {advise}, {counsel}]

160 Moby Thesaurus words for "counsel":
Dutch uncle, Polonius, admonisher, admonition, advice, advise,
advise with, advisement, adviser, advising, advisor, advocacy,
advocate, agent, aim, ambition, amicus curiae, animus, aspiration,
attorney, attorney-at-law, backseat driver, bar, bargain,
barrister, barrister-at-law, brief, briefing, brooding, buttinsky,
call in, caution, caveat, coach, collogue, compare notes, confer,
confer with, confidant, consideration, consult, consult with,
consultant, consultation, contemplation, council, counselor,
counselor-at-law, deliberate, deliberation, deputy, desideration,
desideratum, design, desire, determination, direct, direction,
discuss, discuss with, discussion, effect, exchange observations,
exchange views, exhortation, expert, expostulation, fixed purpose,
friend at court, function, guidance, guide, have conversations,
hold conference, hortation, idea, instruct, instruction,
instructor, intendment, intent, intention, intercessor, judgement,
kibitz, kibitzer, lawyer, legal adviser, legal counselor,
legal expert, legal practitioner, legal profession, legalist,
lucubration, meaning, meddle, meddler, meditation, mentor, mind,
monition, monitor, motive, mouthpiece, musing, negotiate, nestor,
nisus, opinion, orienter, palaver, parley, plan, pleader, pleading,
point, pondering, powwow, preceptist, prescribe, proctor,
procurator, project, proposal, propose, prospectus, purpose,
put heads together, reason with, recommend, recommendation,
refer to, reflection, remonstrance, representation, resolution,
resolve, revolving, rumination, sake, sea lawyer,
self-styled lawyer, sit down together, sit down with, solicitor,
speculation, striving, study, submit, suggest, suggestion,
take counsel, take up with, talk over, teacher, thought, view,
warning, weighing, will

COUNSEL. Advice given to another as to what he ought to do or not to do.
2. To counsel another to do an unlawful act, is to become accessory to
it, if it be a felony, or principal, if it be treason, or a misdemeanor. By
the term counsel is also understood counsellor at law. Vide To open;

COUNSEL, an officer of court. One who undertakes to conduct suits and
actions in court. The same as counsellor.

COUNSEL, practice, crim. law. In the oath of the grand jurors, there is a
provision requiring them to keep secret "the commonwealth's counsel, their
fellows, and their own." In this sense this word is synonymous with
knowledge; therefore, all the knowledge acquired by grand jurors, in
consequence of their office, either from the officers of the commonwealth,
from their fellow jurors, or which they have obtained in any manner, in
relation to cases which come officially before them, must be kept secret.
See Grand Jury.

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  • COUNSEL | meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
    Your browser doesn't support HTML5 audio ˈkaʊn s ə l -ll- or US usually -l- to give advice, especially on social or personal problems: The police have provided experts to counsel local people affected by the tragedy My job involves counselling unemployed people on about how to find work Compare
  • COUNSEL | definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary
    counsel meaning: 1 to give advice, especially on social or personal problems: 2 advice: 3 one or more of the… Learn more
  • Counsel | Definition of Counsel at Dictionary. com
    a policy or plan Christianity any of the counsels of perfection or evangelical counsels, namely poverty, chastity, and obedience counsel of perfection excellent but unrealizable advice private opinions or plans (esp in the phrase keep one's own counsel) archaic wisdom; prudence SEE LESS
  • Counsel definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary
    4 countable noun Someone's counsel is the lawyer who gives them advice on a legal case and speaks on their behalf in court Singleton's counsel said after the trial that he would appeal Synonyms: legal adviser, lawyer, attorney, solicitor More Synonyms of counsel COBUILD Advanced English Dictionary
  • Counsel definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary
    Someone's counsel is the lawyer who gives them advice on a legal case and speaks on their behalf in court Singleton's counsel said after the trial that he would appeal The defence counsel warned that the judge should stop the trial Synonyms: legal adviser, lawyer, attorney, solicitor More Synonyms of counsel 5
  • Cocounsel definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary
    According to Collins COBUILD dictionary, it means you want to “return to a simpler way of living”, sparked by a wish to revert to that mythical Eden before the fateful apple was gnawed
  • Counsels legal definition of counsels
    The term junior counsel refers to the younger member of the team of attorneys retained on the same side of a case, or the one lower in the hierarchy of the firm, or one who is assigned to the preparation or trial of less significant aspects of the case

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