devils advocate

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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.
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I'm not defending this at all, but if I was playing devils advocate, I'd think, 'What is being hidden under that garment?
THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE Who do we vote for does it matter The greedy politicians are getting fatter The devils advocate springs to mind Where are the statesmen of our time?
Just dropped that Devils Advocate Mixtape and DVD with The Game and Nu Jerzey Devil.