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 in a sentence
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
DEVIL'S ADVOCATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of devil's advocate for English Language Learners
: a person who expresses an opinion that disagrees with others so that there will be an interesting discussion about some issue
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