Definition of council of war in English:

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council of war


1A gathering of military officers in wartime.
Example sentences
  • During the truce that followed, Charles became the president of a council of war that began scrapping the old Habsburg military system and replacing it with one intelligently modelled on the best aspects of the French.
  • Consider his account of the council of war convened on December 10, 1862, the night before the planned assault on the town.
  • This situation comes to a head when Talthybius, the Greek messenger, returns from the enemy camp to say that the council of war has decided to execute Hector's and Andromache's small son, who if he lived could become a danger to the Greeks.
1.1A meeting held to plan a response to an emergency.
Example sentences
  • The meeting resembled a council of war more than a parliament.
  • He holds no councils of war with subordinates or staff.
  • Party members zipped in and out, bringing information about who had already voted, along with news of Liberal Democrats, ‘down from London’, who had been spotted convening a council of war in a local pub.

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Syllabification: coun·cil of war

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