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angel's advocate

One who looks for and argues in support of the positive aspects and benefits of a certain argument, whether or not they believe them to be true. it is the opposite of a "devil's advocate," who argues against something for the sake of argument, not due to a personal opinion. I know a lot of people oppose the building of a new railway, but let me play angel's advocate for a second and tell you about all the ways it will improve our city!
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be (the) devil's advocate

To argue against or attack an idea, argument, or proposition—even if one is in favor of it—for the sake of debate or to further examine its strength, validity, or details. Refers to the "Advocatus Diaboli," a person employed by the Catholic Church to argue against the canonization of a saint (and therefore help determine if that person is truly worthy of sainthood). I'm all for universal health care, but I'll be devil's advocate in asking how the government intends to fund such a massive undertaking. Tom is always the devil's advocate in any given conversation because he loves picking apart other people's arguments.
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play (the) devil's advocate

To argue against or attack an idea, argument, or proposition—even if one is in favor of it—for the sake of debate or to further examine its strength, validity, or details. Refers to the "Advocatus Diaboli," a person employed by the Catholic Church to argue against the canonization of a saint (and therefore help determine if that person is truly worthy of sainthood). I'm all for universal health care, but I'll play devil's advocate in asking how the government intends to fund such a massive undertaking. Tom is always playing devil's advocate in any given conversation because he loves picking apart other people's arguments.
See also: advocate, play

devil's advocate

One who argues against or attacks an idea, argument, or proposition—even if one is in favor of it—for the sake of debate or to further examine its strength, validity, or details. Refers to the "Advocatus Diaboli," a person employed by the Catholic Church to argue against the canonization of a saint (and therefore help determine if that person is truly worthy of sainthood). I'm all for universal health care, but let me be the devil's advocate for a moment. How do you propose the government fund such a massive undertaking? Tom always plays devil's advocate in any given conversation because he loves picking apart other people's arguments.
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play (the) devil's advocate

Fig. to put forward arguments against or objections to a proposition-which one may actually agree with-purely to test the validity of the proposition. (The devil's advocate opposes the canonization of a saint in order to prove that the grounds for canonization are sound.) I agree with your plan. I'm just playing the devil's advocate so you'll know what the opposition will say. Mary offered to play devil's advocate and argue against our case so that we would find out any flaws in it.
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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.
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play devil's advocate

COMMON If you play devil's advocate in a discussion, you pretend to disagree with what someone says in order to make the discussion interesting or to make people think hard about an issue. My motive for playing devil's advocate is to provoke them into thinking about what we mean when we say something is `genetic'. Note: People also use devil's advocate to describe someone who acts in this way. Interviewers may take on the role of devil's advocate simply to see how effectively you can support your idea in the face of opposition.
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play devil's advocate

take a side in an argument that is the opposite of what you really want or think.
A translation of the Latin phrase advocatus diaboli , devil's advocate is the popular name for the official in the Roman Catholic Church who puts the case against a candidate for canonization or beatification; he is more properly known as promotor fidei ‘promoter of the faith’.
1994 Jude Deveraux The Invitation She had played devil's advocate with herself a thousand times.
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a/the devil’s ˈadvocate

a person who argues against something, even though they really agree with it, just to test the arguments for it: Helen doesn’t really think that women shouldn’t go out to work. She just likes to play devil’s advocate.
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devil's advocate, (to play)

To take a position against something that many others support, either for the sake of argument or to examine its validity. The term is a translation of the Latin advocatus diaboli, an official appointed by the Roman Catholic Church to argue against a proposed canonization. By the 1700s it was extended to broader use. R. Buchanan used it in The Heir of Linne (1887), “Even the Socialist party regarded him as a devil’s advocate, and washed their hands of him.” More recently, David Baldacci had it in Hour Game (2004), “‘Didn’t you try your best to convince me he was innocent?’ . . . ‘Just playing devil’s advocate.’”
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Bull is a strong advocator of the switch to an e-government and has already carried out integration projects for the Inland Revenue, MOD, DSS and Probation Service.
Much to the dismay of contemporary geologists and geographers, he was a great advocator of the theory that the Himalayan range is prolonged northeastwards from the loop of the Tsangpo (Yarlung Zangbo Jiang) across southeastern Tibet and into China, and also believed that the tremendous gorges that score China from north to south were eroded valleys of rivers crossing the axis of the main range.
It asks the couple to write a personal history and assigns a field advocator to help.
These results demonstrate that in international tariff negotiations, a capital importer is unlikely to be an advocator of free trade.
He stated that Kashmir does not consider Pakistan and Indian in a similar way, saying that Pakistan is our big brother and only advocator of Kashmiris' on international forums.
Pompeo is an advocator of tough policy on Pakistan.
As strong advocator for farm to fork food safety, Rentokil Initial has continued to influence and educate the entire supply chain and audit bodies with the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI); a business-driven initiative for the continuous improvement of food safety management systems to ensure confidence in the delivery of safe food to consumers worldwide.
For the longest time I have been an advocator of reducing our tissue and paper towel usage.
As an advocator for customers, Naweed will help Careem continue to be an early adopter of technologies and trends in customer experience.
It enjoys strategic understanding with its neighbours and is a vocal advocator of peace in the region.
Iconic South African trumpeter, composer and human rights advocator Hugh Masekela has confirmed a new date for his Dubai Opera show; he will now perform on March 8, 2018.
Nouakchott, Sha'ban 05, 1436, May 23, 2015, SPA -- President Mohammed Wild Abdulaziz of Mauritania made a minor reshuffle in the government of Premier Yahya Wild Hadmin, appointing Advocator Ibrahim Wild Dada as Justice Minister, replacing Sidi Wild Al-Zain who was moved to the post of Minister of Housing, Construction and Land Reclamation.
Atiya Jaha-Rashidi, RN Volunteer, nurse of close to 13 years, and former Public Health Advocator and Educator, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, leads a Barnabas Health working committee of Facility Champions and their teams that meet weekly.
She is strong advocator of strong bilateral relations between the two countries.
Fekter, who is a staunch advocator of holding on to Austria's controversial bank confidentiality, said that the exchange of data with other EU countries or with the US could not be "one-way streets." "Delaware and Nevada (US states, ed.) are both tax havens and a paradise for money laundering, and also need to be dried out," she said.