devil's advocate

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dev·il's advocate

1. One who argues against a cause or position, not as a committed opponent but simply for the sake of argument or to determine the validity of the cause or position.
2. Roman Catholic Church An official formerly appointed to present arguments against a proposed canonization or beatification.

[Translation of Medieval Latin advocātus diabolī, one arguing for the devil's plea against canonizing a saint : Latin advocātus, advocate + Late Latin diabolī, genitive of diabolus, devil.]

devil's advocate

1. a person who advocates an opposing or unpopular view, often for the sake of argument
2. (Roman Catholic Church) RC Church the official appointed to put the case against the beatification or canonization of a candidate. Technical name: promotor fidei
[translation of New Latin advocātus diabolī]

dev′il's ad′vocate

1. a person who advocates an opposing view, as for the sake of argument.
2. an official of the Roman Catholic Church whose duty is to argue against a proposed beatification or canonization.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.devil's advocate - someone who takes the worse side just for the sake of argument
arguer, debater - someone who engages in debate

devil's advocate

[ˈdɛvlzˈædvəˌkɪt] n to play (the) devil's advocatefare l'avvocato del diavolo
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General Promoter of the Faith, the "devil's advocate," raises doubts which must be resolved
As the mission and vision in Catholic schools includes academic excellence and faith formation, opportunities while students are in teacher training may include additional courses in Catholic education and field experiences in Catholic schools to assist with understanding how the mission and vision of Catholic schools calls for being a witness to and promoter of the faith in a different way from those choosing to serve in public schools.
John Paul II eliminated the office of Promoter of the Faith, or, as it's more commonly known, the Devil's Advocate, a canon lawyer tasked with arguing against a person's possible canonization.