devil's advocate definition

  • noun:
    • one that contends against an underlying cause or position, less a committed opponent but simply with regard to argument or even figure out the substance for the cause or place.
    • Roman Catholic Church the state appointed to present arguments against a proposed canonization or beatification.
    • a person who debates from a view that he or she cannot actually hold, often to find out its validity or in the interests of argument.
    • A canon lawyer appointed because of the Church to argue from the canonization of the recommended applicant.
    • somebody who takes the even worse part only for the sake of debate
    • One who contends against an underlying cause or position, much less a committed adversary but quite simply with regard to debate or even figure out the credibility for the cause or place.
    • Roman Catholic Church the official appointed to provide arguments against a proposed canonization or beatification.
    • person who debates from a view that he or she may not actually hold, generally to find out its credibility or simply in the interests of argument.
    • A canon lawyer appointed because of the Church to argue resistant to the canonization associated with the recommended applicant.
    • an individual who takes the even worse side only for the sake of debate

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