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Examples of consigliere in a Sentence
the President's trusted consigliere and chief political strategist
Recent Examples of consigliere from the Web
Richard Ravitch, the businessman, former lieutenant governor in New York and longtime consigliere to state and city officials, told me.
The finance minister, mocked by the opposition as a consigliere for oligarchic power, applauded the leader for pushing through economic reforms that mostly line the pockets of the oligarchs.
Gravano’s was flanked on one side by mob boss John Gotti, and on the other by the Family consigliere, Frankie Loc.
For his part, Manafort seems a less ideological figure who amassed a huge amount of wealth as a consigliere to various overseas interests and political parties.
Trump’s sons will take care of his business empire and will hire an ethics consigliere, but the president will still be aware of how any policy decisions would affect his bottom line.
Domestically, Bayme has become late-night-television’s magical consigliere.
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly fired Bannon on Friday, presumably to give the beleaguered consigliere more free time to ominously mill in the background of somebody else’s ethno-nationlist meetings.
Steve Bannon, now a White House consigliere, is by most accounts not a bigot in his personal dealings.
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consigliere and The Godfather
If you're a fan of The Godfather series of movies, the character Tom Hagen may have already come to mind. Hagen, the Corleones' family lawyer, is famously dismissed by the Don's successor and son Michael Corleone because he is not a "wartime consigliere." The word consigliere comes from Italian and has been a part our language since the 17th century; it was originally used of someone who served on a council in Italy. Currently, it is most commonly used to designate advisers to the Mafia—a use that first appeared in English in a document from a 1963 session of the U.S. Senate. It is also often used generally of a political or financial adviser, or any other trusted adviser for that matter.
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