devil's advocate

noun

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


DEVIL'S ADVOCATE Defined for English Language Learners

devil's advocate

noun

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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