3. Act of deliberating; deliberation; consultation.
Satan . . . void of rest,
His potentates to council called by night.
O great in action and in council wise. Aulic council. See under Aulic. Cabinet council. See under Cabinet. City council, the
legislative branch of a city government, usually consisting of a board of aldermen and common council,
but sometimes otherwise constituted. Common council. See under Common. Council board,
Council table, the table round which a council holds consultation; also, the council itself in deliberation.
Council chamber, the room or apartment in which a council meets. Council fire, the ceremonial
fire kept burning while the Indians hold their councils. [U.S.] Bartlett. Council of war, an assembly
of officers of high rank, called to consult with the commander in chief in regard to measures or importance
or nesessity. Ecumenical council (Eccl.), an assembly of prelates or divines convened from the
whole body of the church to regulate matters of doctrine or discipline. Executive council, a body of
men elected as advisers of the chief magistrate, whether of a State or the nation. [U.S.] Legislative
council, the upper house of a legislature, usually called the senate. Privy council. See under
Syn. Assembly; meeting; congress; diet; parliament; convention; convocation; synod.
(Coun"cil*ist) n. One who belongs to a council; one who gives an opinion. [Obs.]
I will in three months be an expert counsilist.
(Coun"cil*man) n.; pl. Councilmen (- men). A member of a council, especially of the
common council of a city; a councilor.
(Coun"cil*or) n. A member of a council. [Written also councillor.]
The distinction between councilor, a member of a council, and counselor, one who gives counsel, was
not formerly made, but is now very generally recognized and observed.
(Co`-une") v. t. [L. co- + unus one.] To combine or unite. [Obs.] "Co-uned together." Feltham.
(Co`-u*nite") v. t. To unite. [Obs.]
(Co`-u*nite"), a. United closely with another. [Obs.]
(Coun"sel) 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.
All the chief priest and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus, to put him to death.
2. Examination of consequences; exercise of deliberate judgment; prudence.
They all confess, therefore, in the working of that first cause, that counsel is used.
3. Result of consultation; advice; instruction.
I like thy counsel; well hast thou advised.
It was ill counsel had misled the girl.
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