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Definition of Council


  1. An assembly of men summoned or convened for consultation, deliberation, or advice; as, a council of physicians for consultation in a critical case.
  2. A body of man elected or appointed to constitute an advisory or a legislative assembly; as, a governor's council; a city council.
  3. Act of deliberating; deliberation; consultation.

Council Quotations

The U.N. is worse than disaster. The U.N. creates conflicts. Look at the disgraceful U.N. Human Rights Council: It transmits norms which are harmful, anti-liberty and anti-Semitic, among other things. The world would be better off in its absence.
Charles Krauthammer

Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution.

I appreciate my brother, His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E. and Ruler of Dubai, and the Council of Ministers, who face every morning challenges, but plan and remove all obstacles to score achievements.
Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

The United Nations remains our most important global actor. These days we are continuously reminded of the enormous responsibility of the Security Council to uphold international peace and stability.
Anna Lindh

A few years ago, the city council of Monza, Italy, barred pet owners from keeping goldfish in curved bowls... saying that it is cruel to keep a fish in a bowl with curved sides because, gazing out, the fish would have a distorted view of reality. But how do we know we have the true, undistorted picture of reality?
Stephen Hawking
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Council Translations

council in Dutch is raad, raadgevend lichaam
council in German is Rat, Kollegium
council in Italian is consigliere
council in Latin is concilium, consilium
council in Portuguese is conselho
council in Spanish is concilio
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