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.

Etymology:

  • From devil's advocate, a calque of Latin advocātus diabolī.
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Submitted on September 01, 2009

Additional definitions for 'devil's advocate':

devil's advocateA canon lawyer appointed by the Church to argue against the canonization of the proposed candidate.
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