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devil's advocate

noun

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of devil's advocate

  1. 1 :  a Roman Catholic official whose duty is to examine critically the evidence on which a demand for beatification or canonization rests

  2. 2 :  a person who champions the less accepted cause for the sake of argument

Examples of devil's advocate in a sentence

  1. Teachers often play devil's advocate to provoke discussion in the classroom.



Origin and Etymology of devil's advocate

translation of New Latin advocatus diaboli


First Known Use: 1760


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