advocatus Dei

noun (1)
ad·​vo·​ca·​tus Dei | \ ¦ad-və-¦kā-təs-ˈdē-ˌī; ¦ad-və-¦kä-təs-ˈdā-ˌē, ¦äd-vō-¦kä-ˌtu̇s-\

Definition of advocatus Dei

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an official of the Roman Catholic Congregation of Rites whose duty is to refute the objections raised by the advocatus diaboli against the beatification or canonization of a person

advocatus diaboli

noun (2)
ad·​vo·​ca·​tus di·​a·​bo·​li | \ ¦ad-və-¦kā-təs-ˌdī-ˈa-bə-ˌlī, ¦ad-və-¦kä-təs-dē-ˈä-bə-(ˌ)lē\

Definition of advocatus diaboli (Entry 2 of 2)

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First Known Use of advocatus Dei

Noun (1)

1858, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1824, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for advocatus Dei

Noun (1)

Late Latin

Noun (2)

Medieval Latin

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