Attorney-general

Definitions

  • Mr. Denis Henry, Attorney-General for Ireland
    Mr. Denis Henry, Attorney-General for Ireland
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Attorney-general (Law) The chief law officer of the state, empowered to act in all litigation in which the law-executing power is a party, and to advise this supreme executive whenever required.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The US President's Cabinet is composed of: the Attorney General, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Treasury, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Interior, the Secretary of Commerce, the Secretary of Health/Human Services, the Secretary of Housing/Urban Development, the Secretary of Labor, the Secretary of Transportation, the Secretary of Energy, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Secretary of Education.
    • n attorney-general The first ministerial law-officer of a state. He has general powers to act in all legal proceedings in which the state is a party, and is regarded as the official legal adviser of the executive. In England the attorney-general is specially appointed by letters patent. In the United States he is a member of the cabinet appointed by the President, has the general management of the departments of justice throughout the country, advises the President and departments on questions of law, and appears for the government in the Supreme Court and Court of Claims. The individual States of the Union also have their attorneys-general. See department.
    • n attorney-general In England, the title of the king's (or queen's) attorney in the duchies of Lancaster and Cornwall and the county palatine of Durham.
    • n attorney-general Formerly, an attorney having general authority from his principal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Attorney-general the first ministerial law-officer of the Crown in England and Ireland: the title of the king's attorney in the duchies of Lancaster and Cornwall, and the county palatine of Durham: in the United States, one of the seven officials who constitute the president's cabinet, the head of the department of Justice
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. atorne—Low L. attornatusatornāre, to commit business to another. See Turn.

Usage

In literature:

The hunted animal ran towards the spot where the Attorney-General and O'Leary stood.
"Irish Wit and Humor" by Anonymous
Next the faithful machine whirled Paul to the rooms of his staid attorney and general manager, Mr. John Edwards.
"Golden Stories" by Various
But they lack one link of positive proof, and until that link is obtained the Attorney-General is unable to proceed.
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
He was therefore invited to the post of Attorney-General.
"The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Jefferson Davis
Fawkes' first examination took place on November 5th, and was conducted by Chief Justice Popham and Attorney-General Coke.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1-20" by Various
Attorney-generals we have had fourteen, while the North have had but five.
"Standard Selections" by Various
Had Jekyl no other excellence than this, I could not be surprised when he became attorney-general.
"The English Spy" by Bernard Blackmantle
In 1663 a usual or common attorney was prohibited from sitting in the general court.
"Ethics in Service" by William Howard Taft
He was attorney-general of the State from 1815 until 1819.
"Hidden Treasures" by Harry A. Lewis
He removed to Philadelphia and was attorney-general of Pennsylvania from 1741 to 1755.
"Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin" by Benjamin Franklin
The Attorney General and the committees of Congress could simply post it as a communist organization.
"The Invisible Government" by Dan Smoot
Yes, the Attorney-General has been sent there, and we have his instructions.
"Memoir of the Life of John Quincy Adams." by Josiah Quincy
Noy, Attorney-General, domdaniel of attorneys, ix, 315.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14" by Elbert Hubbard
Colonel Devens, afterwards major-general and attorney-general, covered himself with glory, but the brave Colonel Baker lost his life.
"Charles Carleton Coffin" by William Elliot Griffis
He consulted his attorney-general, and did not pursue them.
"Impressions of South Africa" by James Bryce
Edmund Randolph was appointed Attorney-General.
"Union and Democracy" by Allen Johnson
The bluster of Attorney-General Coke roared around him without effect.
"Devon, Its Moorlands, Streams and Coasts" by Rosalind Northcote
Macdonald, Sir Archibald, Attorney-General, 172.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
Attorney-General Coke, Serjeant Hele, who had been Ralegh's counsel against Meere, and Serjeant Phillips, prosecuted.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
The case was strong, and was ably dealt with by the attorney-general.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 356, June, 1845" by Various
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In news:

Garcia, D- Doña Ana, also said she had requested the Attorney General's Office to review the case.
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's latest gaffe is covering the exposed breast of a Roman goddess on the Great Seal of Virginia.
On Monday, April 4, Attorney General Eric Holder admitted defeat.
Brad Owen and Attorney General Rob McKenna, Guest columnists.
Attorney General tells promoters of calorie-burning drink to shape up Washington State has announced a settlement with the makers of Enviga, a green tea that was advertised as a.
ALBANY – Attorney general hopeful Kathleen Rice unloaded both barrels on fellow Democratic contender Eric Schneiderman this morning, saying it would be "dangerous" to trust the longtime state senator with policing public corruption.
The New York Times has a glowing story about the governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett, who as attorney general had been conducting an investigation of the Penn State child rapes since 2009.
But attorney general calls report 'premature.
Attorney General begins exit from 'all- encompassing ' role as top cop.
Attorney General Anne Milgram said it's time for a vacation.
JACKSONVILLE — The former president of Lon Morris College is at the center of a Texas Attorney General investigation into a missing $1.3 million.
Former deputy state attorney general says his blogging, tweeting was satire.
The federal death penalty was authorized for certain cases in 1988, with the approval of Justice Department lawyers and the US attorney general.
The National Association of Attorneys General said it is concerned about the effect Google's streamlined privacy policy changes will impact its millions of users.
National Notary Association Honors Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto with March Fong Eu Achievement Award.
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In science:

Raja Quereshi, the attorney general, said that the former Civil Aviation Authority chairman has already given a statement to police.
Inferring Strategies for Sentence Ordering in Multidocument News Summarization
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