Counsel

Definition of Counsel

Coun´sel   Pronunciation: koun´sĕl
n.1.Interchange of opinions; mutual advising; consultation.
All the chief priest and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus, to put him to death.
- Matt. xxvii. 1.
2.Examination of consequences; exercise of deliberate judgment; prudence.
They all confess, therefore, in the working of that first cause, that counsel is used.
- Hooker.
3.Result of consultation; advice; instruction.
I like thy counsel; well hast thou advised.
- Shak.
It was ill counsel had misled the girl.
- Tennyson.
4.Deliberate purpose; design; intent; scheme; plan.
The counsel of the Lord standeth forever.
- Ps. xxxiii. 11.
The counsels of the wicked are deceit.
- Prov. xii. 5.
5.A secret opinion or purpose; a private matter.
Thilke lord . . . to whom no counsel may be hid.
- Gower.
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.
The King found his counsel as refractory as his judges.
- Macaulay.
In counsel
in secret.
To keep counsel
to keep one's thoughts, purposes, etc., undisclosed.
- Chaucer.
The players can not keep counsel: they 'll tell all.
- Shak.
v. t.1.To give advice to; to advice, admonish, or instruct, as a person.
[imp. & p. p. Counseled (-sĕld) or Counselled; p. pr. & vb. n. Counseling or Counselling.]
Good sir, I do in friendship counsel you
To leave this place.
- Shak.
2.To advise or recommend, as an act or course.
They who counsel war.
- Milton.

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