Synonyms and Antonyms of council

  1. 1 a coming together of a number of persons for a specified purpose a war council attended by the top commanders of each of the armed services Synonyms of council assembly, congress, convention, convocation, meeting, gathering, get-together, huddle, powwowWords Related to council clinic, workshop; cabinet, caucus, conclave, synod; demonstration, rally; confab, conversation, dialogue (also dialog), discourse, discussion, palaver, talk; negotiation, parley, summit; conference, forum, round-robin, roundtable, seminar, symposium; audience, interview, session

  2. 2 a group of persons formally joined together for some common interest the neighborhood council decided to campaign for a new park Synonyms of council board, brotherhood, chamber, club, college, congress, consortium, association, fellowship, fraternity, guild (also gild), institute, institution, league, order, organization, society, sodalityWords Related to council collective, commune, community, cooperative; alliance, bloc, camp, coalition, partnership; body, cadre, group; circle, clan, clique, coterie, junta, junto, klatch (also klatsch), lot, set; crew, outfit, party, squad, team; branch, chapter, local; faithful, fold, membership; sisterhood, sorority; cabal, camarilla, camorra, confederacy, conspiracy; band, gang, ring; cartel, combine, syndicate

  3. 3 a meeting featuring a group discussion summoned to a council to discuss ways that the state could improve medical care for the elderly Synonyms of council colloquy, conference, forum, panel, panel discussion, parley, powwow, round-robin, roundtable, seminar, symposiumWords Related to council colloquium; caucus, town meeting; assembly, conclave, congregation, congress, consistory, convention, convocation, synod; debate, deliberation; brainstorming; chat room, newsgroup

  4. 4 a local unit of an organization the scout's own council chose to ignore the national organization's discriminatory policies Synonyms of council affiliate, branch, cell, chapter, localWords Related to council arm, division, wing; offshoot, subchapter; lodge, post

  5. 5 an exchange of views for the purpose of exploring a subject or deciding an issue an unscheduled council in the judge's chambers Synonyms of council argument, argumentation, argy-bargy [chiefly British], back-and-forth, colloquy, confab, confabulation, conference, consult, consultation, discussion, counsel, debate, deliberation, dialogue (also dialog), give-and-take, palaver, parley, talkWords Related to council bull session, chat room, forum, meeting, powwow, roundtable, seminar, skull session (also skull practice), symposium, talkathon; chat, conversation, rap, words; discourse, disquisition; bargaining, consultancy, negotiation, pourparler

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