Counsel
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. [1913 Webster]

All the chief priest and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus, to put him to death. --Matt. xxvii. 1. [1913 Webster]

2. Examination of consequences; exercise of deliberate judgment; prudence. [1913 Webster]

They all confess, therefore, in the working of that first cause, that counsel is used. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

3. Result of consultation; advice; instruction. [1913 Webster]

I like thy counsel; well hast thou advised. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

It was ill counsel had misled the girl. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

4. Deliberate purpose; design; intent; scheme; plan. [1913 Webster]

The counsel of the Lord standeth forever. --Ps. xxxiii. 11. [1913 Webster]

The counsels of the wicked are deceit. --Prov. xii. 5. [1913 Webster]

5. A secret opinion or purpose; a private matter. [1913 Webster]

Thilke lord . . . to whom no counsel may be hid. --Gower. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The King found his counsel as refractory as his judges. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

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}. --Kent. [1913 Webster]

{In counsel}, in secret. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

{To keep counsel}, or

{To keep one's own counsel}, to keep one's thoughts, purposes, etc., undisclosed. [1913 Webster]

The players can not keep counsel: they 'll tell all. --Shak.

Syn: Advice; consideration; consultation; purpose; scheme; opinion. [1913 Webster]


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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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • counsel — (n.) early 13c., from O.Fr. counseil (10c.) advice, counsel; deliberation, thought, from L. consilium plan, opinion (see CONSULTATION (Cf. consultation)). As a synonym for lawyer, first attested late 14c. The verb is recorded from late 13c., from …   Etymology dictionary

  • counsel — [n1] guidance admonition, advice, advisement, caution, consideration, consultation, deliberation, direction, forethought, information, instruction, kibitz*, recommendation, steer, suggestion, tip, tip off*, two cents’ worth*, warning, word to the …   New thesaurus

  • counsel — ► NOUN 1) advice, especially that given formally. 2) (pl. same) a barrister or other legal adviser conducting a case. 3) archaic consultation, especially to seek advice. ► VERB (counselled, counselling; US counseled, counseling …   English terms dictionary

  • counsel — [koun′səl] n. [ME & OFr counseil < L consilium (for base see CONSULT); confused in ME with COUNCIL] 1. a mutual exchange of ideas, opinions, etc.; discussion and deliberation 2. a) advice resulting from such an exchange b) any advice …   English World dictionary

  • counsel — n 1 *advice Analogous words: admonishing or admonition, chiding, reproaching or reproach (see corresponding verbs at REPROVE): warning, forewarning, cautioning or caution (see corresponding verbs at WARN): precept, rule (see LAW) 2 * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • counsel — counsel; mis·counsel; …   English syllables

  • Counsel — (engl., spr. Kauns l), abgekürzt von Counseller, Rathgeber, Rath, Sachwalter, Advocat; Queens C. (spr. Kwihns K.), Rath der Königin, ist ein als besondere Auszeichnung einem Sergeant at law verliehener Titel, mit welchem das Vorrecht verbunden… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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