council vs counsel vs consul :

council or counsel or consul

The first two words are pronounced the same but have distinct meanings. An official group that deliberates, like the Council on Foreign Relations, is a “council”; all the rest are “counsels”: your lawyer, advice, etc. A consul is a local representative of a foreign government.

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  • n  a body serving in an administrative capacity
    student council
  • n  (Christianity) an assembly of theologians and bishops and other representatives of different churches or dioceses that is convened to regulate matters of discipline or doctrine
  • n  a meeting of people for consultation
    emergency council

  • n  a lawyer who pleads cases in court
  • n  something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action
  • v  give advice to
    The teacher counsels troubled students
    The lawyer counselled me when I was accused of tax fraud

  • n  a diplomat appointed by a government to protect its commercial interests and help its citizens in a foreign country
News & Articles

  • Council members seek to shed secretary duties
    La Crosse council members soon might be rid of having to play secretary at committee meetings, but the change would come at a cost.
    June 13, 2013 - La Crosse Tribune
  • Council deadlocks on ECDI upgrades
    The Elizabeth City City Council deadlocked Monday night on whether to award an over-budget contract for renovating the Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc., building, formerly called the Mack Sawyer building.
    June 13, 2013 - The Daily Advance
  • Council members: Driveway deal wasn't clear
    Bridgeport City Council member Rev. John W. Olson. Photo: Autumn Driscoll, File Photo | Buy This Photo A pair of Bridgeport residents checks out the new City of Bridgeport-owned driveway recently completed to access the waterfront home of Mark IV Construction owner Manuel Moutinho, on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.
    June 13, 2013 - Connecticut Post

  • Leonor Tomero, Counsel
    Leonor Tomero, counsel for the panel, has a portfolio that includes strategic forces, missile defense, military space, nuclear weapons, and nuclear cleanup.
    June 13, 2013 - National Journal via Yahoo! News
  • Counsel RB Capital Announces Management Changes
    Counsel RB Capital Inc. , a leader in distressed and surplus capital asset transactions, announced today that it has reached a mutually amicable agreement with Adam Reich and Jonathan Reich, Co-Chief Executive Officers, whereby they will, subject to the completion of definitive documentation later this month, leave the Company with the personnel in the New York and Los Angeles offices.
    June 12, 2013 - Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance
  • Gazette.Net: Good Counsel senior earns Player of the Year honors
    Caroline Peters is just 18-years-old, but the recent Our Lady of Good Counsel High School graduate said she feels old, relatively speaking. This spring, she completed her high school tenure at Good Counsel as a nationally-recognized girls lacrosse midfielder.
    June 12, 2013 -

  • Whistleblower accuses consul general of trysts with subordinates and hookers
    In the latest black eye for the scandal-ridden State Department, a whistleblower claims she was run out of the foreign service after complaining about a consul general’s alleged office trysts with subordinates and hookers. Kerry Howard says she was bullied, harassed and forced to resign after she exposed US...
    June 16, 2013 - New York Post
  • Dinner Party
    Israeli Consul Gen. David Siegal and his wife Myra) were honored at a dinner in the Beverly Hills’ home of May and Richard Ziman (couple in foreground). Standing (from left): Brian and Maxine Weinstock; Lloyd & Phyllis Berkett; Arnon and Camille Adar; David and Myra Siegal; and Jeannine Sefton and Herb Nadel.
    June 14, 2013 - Beverly Hills Courier
  • New Mexican Consul Looking Forward To U.s. Immigration Decision
    The new Mexican consul for Las Vegas said Tuesday that his office - and the Mexican government as a whole - will respect any decision that Congress makes as it pertains to immigration reform. And regardless of the outcome, he said, he is looking forward
    June 12, 2013 - Las Vegas Review-Journal