Simple Definition of devil's advocate
: a person who expresses an opinion that disagrees with others so that there will be an interesting discussion about some issue
Full Definition of devil's advocate
1 : a Roman Catholic official whose duty is to examine critically the evidence on which a demand for beatification or canonization rests
2 : a person who champions the less accepted cause for the sake of argument
Examples of devil's advocate
Teachers often play devil's advocate to provoke discussion in the classroom.
Origin of devil's advocate
translation of New Latin advocatus diaboli
First Known Use: 1760
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