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Aulic council

  • (Hist.), a supreme court of the old German empire; properly the supreme court of the emperor. It ceased at the death of each emperor, and was renewed by his successor. It became extinct when the German empire was dissolved, in 1806. The term is now applied to a council of the war department of the Austrian empire, and the members of different provincial chanceries of that empire are called aulic councilors. P. Cyc.
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Cabinet council

  • . (a) Same as Cabinet, n., 4 (of which body it was formerly the full title). (b) A meeting of the cabinet.
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Chamber council

  • a secret council. Shak.
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City council

  • noun a municipal body that can pass ordinances and appropriate funds etc.
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  • the legislative branch of a city government, usually consisting of a board of aldermen and common council, but sometimes otherwise constituted.
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Common council

  • the representative (legislative) body, or the lower branch of the representative body, of a city or other munisipal corporation.
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continuity army council

  • noun a terrorist organization formed in Ireland in 1994 as a clandestine armed wing of Sinn Fein
    Continuity Irish Republican Army; CIRA.
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council bluffs

  • noun a town in southwest Iowa on the Missouri River across from Omaha
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council board

  • noun the table that conferees sit around as they hold a meeting
    council board; conference table.
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Council board, Council table

  • the table round which a council holds consultation; also, the council itself in deliberation.
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Council chamber

  • noun a room where a committee meets (such as the board of directors of a company)
    boardroom.
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  • the room or apartment in which a council meets.
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Council fire

  • the ceremonial fire kept burning while the Indians hold their councils. U.S. Barilett.
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council member

  • noun a member of a council
    councillor.
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council of basel-ferrara-florence

  • noun the council in 1431-1439 that concentrated on the elimination of heresies and on reforms within the Roman Catholic Church
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council of chalcedon

  • noun the fourth ecumenical council in 451 which defined the two natures (human and divine) of Christ
    Chalcedon.
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council of constance

  • noun the council in 1414-1418 that succeeded in ending the Great Schism in the Roman Catholic Church
    Constance.
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council of economic advisors

  • noun an executive agency responsible for providing economic advice to the President
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council of ephesus

  • noun the third ecumenical council in 431 which declared Mary as mother of God and condemned Pelagius
    Ephesus.
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council of trent

  • noun a council of the Roman Catholic Church convened in Trento in three sessions between 1545 and 1563 to examine and condemn the teachings of Martin Luther and other Protestant reformers; redefined the Roman Catholic doctrine and abolished various ecclesiastical abuses and strengthened the papacy
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council of vienne

  • noun the council in 1311-1313 that dealt with alleged crimes of the Knights Templar, planned a new crusade, and took on the reformation of the clergy
    Vienne.
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Council of war

  • an assembly of officers of high rank, called to consult with the commander in chief in regard to measures or importance or nesessity.
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council on environmental policy

  • noun the executive agency that advises the President on protecting the environment
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council table

  • noun the table that conferees sit around as they hold a meeting
    council board; conference table.
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council tax

  • noun a tax levied on households by local authorities; based on the estimated value of the property and the number of people living in it
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county council

  • noun the elected governing body of a county
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economic and social council

  • noun a permanent council of the United Nations; responsible for economic and social conditions
    ECOSOC.
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economic and social council commission

  • noun a commission of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations
    ECOSOC commission.
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Ecumenical council

  • noun (early Christian church) one of seven gatherings of bishops from around the known world under the presidency of the Pope to regulate matters of faith and morals and discipline
    • the first seven councils through 787 are considered to be ecumenical councils by both the Roman Catholic church and the Eastern Orthodox church but the next fourteen councils are considered ecumenical only by the Roman Catholic church
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  • (Eccl.), an assembly of prelates or divines convened from the whole body of the church to regulate matters of doctrine or discipline.
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Ex parte council

  • one that assembles at the request of only one of the parties in dispute.
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Executive council

  • noun a council that shares the supreme executive power
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  • a body of men elected as advisers of the chief magistrate, whether of a State or the nation. U.S.
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fatah revolutionary council

  • noun a Palestinian international terrorist organization that split from the PLO in 1974; has conducted terrorist attacks in 20 countries
    ANO; Abu Nidal Organization; Black September; Revolutionary Organization of Socialist Muslims; Fatah-RC; Arab Revolutionary Brigades.
    • in the 1980s the Fatah-RC was considered the most dangerous and murderous Palestinian terror group
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fifth lateran council

  • noun the council in 1512-1517 that published disciplinary decrees and planned (but did not carry out) a crusade against Turkey
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first council of constantinople

  • noun the second ecumenical council in 381 which added wording about the Holy Spirit to the Nicene Creed
    Constantinople.
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first council of lyons

  • noun the council of the Western Church in 1245 that excommunicated Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II and planned a new crusade against the Holy Land
    Lyons.
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first council of nicaea

  • noun the first ecumenical council in 325 which produced the wording of the Nicene Creed and condemned the heresy of Arianism
    Nicaea.
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first lateran council

  • noun the first council of the Western Church held in the Lateran Palace in 1123; focused on church discipline and made plans to recover the Holy Lands from the Muslim `infidels'
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first vatican council

  • noun the Vatican Council in 1869-1870 that proclaimed the infallibility of the pope when speaking ex cathedra
    Vatican I.
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fourth council of constantinople

  • noun the council in 869 that condemned Photius who had become the patriarch of Constantinople without approval from the Vatican, thereby precipitating the schism between the eastern and western churches
    Constantinople.
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fourth lateran council

  • noun the Lateran Council in 1215 was the most important council of the Middle Ages; issued a creed against Albigensianism, published reformatory decrees, promulgated the doctrine of transubstantiation, and clarified church doctrine on the Trinity and Incarnation
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lateran council

  • noun any of five general councils of the Western Catholic Church that were held in the Lateran Palace
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Legislative council

  • noun a unicameral legislature
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  • the upper house of a legislature, usually called the senate.
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national security council

  • noun a committee in the executive branch of government that advises the president on foreign and military and national security; supervises the Central Intelligence Agency
    NSC.
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north atlantic council

  • noun a council consisting of permanent representatives of all the member countries of NATO; has political authority and powers of decision
    NAC.
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Privy council

  • noun an advisory council to a ruler (especially to the British Crown)
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  • (Eng. Law), the principal council of the sovereign, composed of the cabinet ministers and other persons chosen by the king or queen. Burrill.
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second council of constantinople

  • noun the fifth ecumenical council in 553 which held Origen's writings to be heretic
    Constantinople.
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second council of lyons

  • noun the council in 1274 that effected a temporary reunion of the Greek Orthodox with the Roman Catholic Church
    Lyons.
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second council of nicaea

  • noun the seventh ecumenical council in 787 which refuted iconoclasm and regulated the veneration of holy images
    Nicaea.
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second lateran council

  • noun the second council of the Western Church in 1139 which put an end to the dogmatic errors of Arnold of Brescia
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second vatican council

  • noun the Vatican Council in 1962-1965 that abandoned the universal Latin liturgy and acknowledged ecumenism and made other reforms
    Vatican II.
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security council

  • noun a permanent council of the United Nations; responsible for preserving world peace
    SC.
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third council of constantinople

  • noun the sixth ecumenical council in 680-681 which condemned Monothelitism by defining two wills in Christ, divine and human
    Constantinople.
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third lateran council

  • noun the Lateran Council in 1179 that condemned the heresies of the Albigenses and the Waldenses
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trusteeship council

  • noun a permanent council of the United Nations that commissions a country (or countries) to undertake the administration of a territory
    TC.
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vatican council

  • noun each of two councils of the Roman Catholic Church
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works council

  • noun (chiefly Brit) a council representing employer and employees of a plant or business to discuss working conditions etc; also: a committee representing the workers elected to negotiate with management about grievances and wages etc
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world council

  • noun a council with representatives from different nations
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world council of churches

  • noun an ecumenical organization of Protestant and eastern churches; intended to promote unity and cooperation in religious and secular matters
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