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counsel

1. a barrister or group of barristers engaged in conducting cases in court and advising on legal matters
2. Christianity any of the counsels of perfection or evangelical counsels, namely poverty, chastity, and obedience
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Counsel

See also Guidance.
Courage (See BRAVERY.)
Achitophel
sage adviser to David; subsequently to Absalom. [O.T.: II Samuel 16:23]
Antenor
counselor; advised Priam to return Helen to Menelaus. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 23]
Areopagus
hill near the Acropolis used for Athenian council deliberations. [Gk. Hist.: Benét, 46]
Chesterfield, Lord
(1694–1773) wrote Letters to His Son to educate him in the ways of the world. [Br. Lit.: Magill III, 565]
Consus
god of councils and advice; agricultural god. [Rom. Myth.: Kravitz, 65; Parrinder, 66]
Egeria
wife, instructress, and advisor of emperor Numa. [Rom. Myth.: Jobes, 491; Avery, 426]
Krishna
Hindu god acts as spiritual and military counselor to Arjuna and his family. [Hindu Lit.: Mahabharata]
Laurence, Friar
adviser to the lovers. [Br. Lit.: Romeo and Juliet]
Mentor
Odysseus’s adviser; entrusted with care and education of Telemachus. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey]
Nestor
a sage old counselor to the Greeks in the Trojan War. [Gk. Myth.: Iliad]
Polonius
gives Laertes rules of conduct. [Br. Drama: Shakespeare Hamlet]
Poseidon Hippios
god of counsel and councils. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 67]
Proverbs
precepts for living according to God’s law and common sense. [O.T.: Proverbs]
Way to Wealth, The
maxims intended to inculcate virtue and frugality. [Am. Lit.: Benjamin Franklin Poor Richard’s Almanack in Benét, 803]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in classic literature ?
Surely Priam with his sons would rejoice, and the Trojans be glad at heart if they could hear this quarrel between you two, who are so excellent in fight and counsel. I am older than either of you; therefore be guided by me.
Honour him then yourself, Olympian lord of counsel, and grant victory to the Trojans, till the Achaeans give my son his due and load him with riches in requital."
If you had, you would have carried away both the bird and the horse; yet will I once more give you counsel. Go straight on, and in the evening you will arrive at a castle.
Then the fox came, and said, 'Pray kill me, and cut off my head and my feet.' But the young man refused to do it: so the fox said, 'I will at any rate give you good counsel: beware of two things; ransom no one from the gallows, and sit down by the side of no river.' Then away he went.
'Yes,' and forgot the fox's counsel, and sat down on the side of the river; and while he suspected nothing, they came behind, and threw him down the bank, and took the princess, the horse, and the bird, and went home to the king their master, and said.
'Who's that red-faced man, who said it was a fine morning, and nodded to our counsel?' whispered Mr.
Pickwick was on the point of inquiring, with great abhorrence of the man's cold-blooded villainy, how Mr, Serjeant Buzfuz, who was counsel for the opposite party, dared to presume to tell Mr.
Counsel usually begin in this way, because it puts the jury on the very best terms with themselves, and makes them think what sharp fellows they must be.
Let me tell him, gentlemen, that any gestures of dissent or disapprobation in which he may indulge in this court will not go down with you; that you will know how to value and how to appreciate them; and let me tell him further, as my Lord will tell you, gentlemen, that a counsel, in the discharge of his duty to his client, is neither to be intimidated nor bullied, nor put down; and that any attempt to do either the one or the other, or the first, or the last, will recoil on the head of the attempter, be he plaintiff or be he defendant, be his name Pickwick, or Noakes, or Stoakes, or Stiles, or Brown, or Thompson.'
It consisted of a short, comprehensive summary of the testimony, laying bare the artifice of the prisoner’s counsel, and placing the facts in so obvious a light that they could not well be misunderstood.
* All had to have achieved partnership or shareholder status at major law firms, served as general counsels at major corporations, or held positions as top-ranking legal officers at nonprofit organizations.
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