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Counsellor, 1) one who gives advice: Wiv. II, 1, 6. As II, 1, 10. All's I, 1, 184 (fem.). Wint. II, 3, 55 (fem.). H4B IV, 4, 63. H5 II, 3, 55. II, 4, 33. H6B IV, 2, 182. Rom. III, 5, 239 (fem.).
2) a member of a privy council (cf. Councillor): Tp. I, 1, 23. Gentl. II, 4, 77. H4B IV, 5, 121. H8 I, 3, 9. Cor. I, 1, 120. Per. V, 1, 184.
3) a lawyer, advocate: “good --s lack no clients,” Meas. I, 2, 109.
4) a confident, one entrusted with another's secrets: “but he, his own affections' c.” Rom. I, 1, 153. “those linen cheeks of thine are --s to fear,” Mcb. V, 3, 17. “love's c. should fill the bores of hearing to the smothering of the sense,” Cymb. III, 2, 59.
5) a talker, prater: “is he not a most profane and liberal c.?” Oth. II, 1, 165. cf. “this c. is now most still,” Hml. III, 4, 213, and Tp. I, 1, 23.
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