Counsel of perfection

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Counsel of perfection a declaration of our Lord's, not absolutely imperative, but commended as the means of reaching greater perfection
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. conseil—L. consilium, advice—consulĕre, to consult.

Usage

In literature:

He consented to the counsels of perfection.
"Hearts of Controversy" by Alice Meynell
Vinicius saw the perfect truth of what he said, and, recalling Petronius's counsel, commanded his slaves to bring Croton.
"Quo Vadis" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
I see not any road of perfect peace which a man can walk, but after the counsel of his own bosom.
"Essays, First Series" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
But a counsel of perfection is easy at a study table.
"The Great Boer War" by Arthur Conan Doyle
He was reserved for the higher counsels, the Counsels of Perfection.
"The Coryston Family" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
To do without illustrations were a counsel of perfection.
"Adventures in Criticism" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
THE professional vow is a triple one, and embraces the three great evangelical counsels of perfect chastity, poverty and obedience.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
But the dramatist's main energies are devoted to exposure of the hollowness of this counsel of perfection.
"Shakespeare and the Modern Stage" by Sir Sidney Lee
They held him up to no standard, and offered no counsel of perfection.
"Quin" by Alice Hegan Rice
In some ways I fear that the Conventions of The Hague will prove, when tested on a large scale, to be a counsel of perfection.
"The War in South Africa" by Arthur Conan Doyle
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