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devil's advocate

One who argues against a cause or position either for the sake of argument or to help determine its validity. For example, My role in the campaign is to play devil's advocate to each new policy before it's introduced to the public . This term comes from the Roman Catholic Church, where advocatus diaboli (Latin for "devil's advocate") signifies an official who is appointed to present arguments against a proposed canonization or beatification. It was transferred to wider use in the mid-1700s.
See also: advocate
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From |left, Dean Powner, Anthony Bracey and Gary Bainbridge in the Devil's Advocate 181214DEVIL_04 KATIE LUNN
A devil's advocate tests an organization's policiesagainsthow an average consumer, customer, donor, voter, regulator or the news media might react.
The devil's advocate ensures that the debate is robust by, among other things, using role-playing: that way, people can raise issues without fear of hurting their careers.
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At the very least, CPAs should apply their analytical skills and play the devil's advocate, questioning the source of corporate forecasts, ferreting out false premises and observing when emotions are overwhelming better judgment.
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He can well do without the pressure from the press as he was appointed as a football manager and not as the devil's advocate.
Di Stefano - dubbed the Devil's Advocate for representing tyrants and serial killers - has revealed he will stand in the European poll here in 2009.
ell in 1997 Pacino made a movie called The Devil's Advocate, in which a young hotshot lawyer (played by Keanu Reeves) is taken under the wing of his smooth-talking boss who offers him success and riches, but turns out to be a devilish character.