Lawyers are most familiar with the word counsel, meaning “advice” or “guidance.” Also, a lawyer is often referred to as a counsel. A corporation, for example, has a general counsel, the head corporate lawyer.
A council, on the other hand, is a group of people who come together for the purpose of deliberation.
Note that counsel can act as a noun or a verb:
The counsel then counseled his client.
The word council, however, never acts as a verb.
Example: Against the counsel of a good friend and former member, he chose to run for the city council.
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