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Counsel, subst. 1) advice: Gentl. I, 3, 34. II, 4, 185. Wiv. II, 1, 42. III, 3, 146. Meas. II, 1, 267. Ado III, 1, 102. IV, 1, 203. V, 1, 3. V, 1, 3 Mids. II, 1, 218. Merch. I, 2, 22. II, 2, 32. As III, 2, 425. Shr. I, 1, 169. All's I, 1, 224. Tw. IV, 3, 8. Wint. II, 1, 164 “(--s).” IV, 4, 506 “(--s).” V, 1, 52. R2 III, 2, 214. H6A II, 5, 118. III, 1, 185. H6C II, 6, 102. IV, 8, 1. R3 I, 3, 261. II, 3, 20 etc. “to give c.:” Ado V, 1, 5. As III, 2, 383. H6B III, 1, 289. H6C II, 3, 11. “to take c. of a p.:” Ven. 640. Pilgr. 303. “I will take your c.” H4B III, 1, 106.
2) consultation: “the father should hold some c. in such a business,” Wint. IV, 4, 420 (== should be consulted). “I hold as little c. with weak fear,” H4A IV, 3, 11 (== do not consult fear). “your deeds of war and all our c. die,” H6B I, 1, 97. H6C II, 1, 208. Cor. I, 1, 154. I, 2, 2. V, 6, 97. Rom. I, 3, 9.
3) reflection, deliberation: “all this beforehand c. comprehends,” Lucr. 494. “c. may stop awhile what will not stay,” Compl. 159. “war with good c.” Gentl. I, 1, 68. “let her wear it out with good c.” Ado II, 3, 210. “thy thoughts and --s of thy heart,” IV, 1, 103. “my c. is my shield,” R3 IV, 3, 56. “this man hath had good c.” Lr. I, 4, 345. Perhaps also in Mids. II, 1, 218.
4) secret and inmost thought: “emptying our bosoms of our c. sweet,” Mids. I, 1, 216. “Buckingham no more shall be the neighbour to my c.” R3 IV, 2, 43 (Ff --s). “my --'s consistory,” II, 2, 151. “so stumblest on my c.” Rom. II, 2, 53.
5) privity to another's secret thoughts: “myself in c.” Gentl. II, 6, 35. “all the c. that we two have shared,” Mids. III, 2, 198. “what to your sworn c. I have spoken,” All's III, 7, 9. “he was of my c. in my whole course of wooing,” Oth. III, 3, 111. Hence == accord: “it was a strong c. a fool could disunite,” Troil. II, 3, 109 (Qq composure).
6) secret: “it were better for you if it were known in c.” Wiv. I, 1, 122. this sealed-up c. (viz a letter) LLL III, 170; cf. “these locks of c.” Cymb. III, 2, 36. “their several --s they unbosom shall,” LLL V, 2, 141. Troil. III, 2, 141. Tit. IV, 2, 118. “to keep c.:” Wiv. IV, 6, 7. Ado III, 3, 92. Mids. III, 2, 308. Tit. IV, 2, 144; cf. Rom. II, 4, 209. Caes. II, 1, 298. II, 4, 9. Hml. III, 2, 152. IV, 2, 11. Lr. I, 4, 34. Oth. IV, 2, 94.
7) one who gives counsel in law, a counsellor: “as I was then advised by my learned c.” H4B I, 2, 154. “we will have these things set down by lawful c.” Cymb. I, 4, 178.
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