devil's advocate

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One who debates from a view which they may not actually hold, usually to determine its validity, or simply for the sake of argument
(Roman Catholic Church) A canon lawyer appointed by the Church to argue against the canonization of the proposed candidate
If you play devil's advocate in a discussion or debate, you express an opinion which you may not agree with but which is very different to what other people have been saying, in order to make the argument more interesting. someone who pretends to disagree with you in order to have a good discussion about something
someone who takes the worse side just for the sake of argument
person who argues the less accepted or approved side for the sake of argument; prosecutor
devil's advocates
plural form of devil's advocate
play devil's advocate
feign disagreement with an issue in order to provoke discussion
devil's advocate

    Hyphenation

    devil's ad·vo·cate

    Turkish pronunciation

    devılz ädvıkıt

    Pronunciation

    /ˈdevəlz ˈadvəkət/ /ˈdɛvəlz ˈædvəkət/

    Etymology

    () A calque of Latin advocātus diabolī (“the devil’s advocate”).

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