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advocatus diaboli

[ahd-vaw-kah-toos dee-ah-baw-lee] /ˌɑd vɔˈkɑ tus diˈɑ bɔˌli/
noun, Medieval Latin.
devil's advocate (def 2). Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for advocatus diaboli
Historical Examples
  • No one since Lowe has taken up the part of advocatus diaboli against democracy which he played in 1866.

    Studies in Contemporary Biography

    James Bryce, Viscount Bryce
  • When my conscience was noisy, the advocatus diaboli used to silence it by saying, "Oh, Strelitski'll take it for granted."

  • You can never catch the advocatus diaboli asleep,' concluded Raphael, laughing.

  • I want to make certain—I'm advocatus diaboli,—I want your evidence that it was Beresford at all.

    Sonia Married Stephen McKenna
  • Still, I must confess that, in advancing these arguments, I feel somewhat like an advocatus diaboli.

    A Librarian's Open Shelf Arthur E. Bostwick
  • Jimmy, advocatus diaboli in the matter, put the case for wrong-doing as strongly as he could.

    The Smuggler's Cave

    George A. Birmingham
  • My duty to my God I am discharging now, although to you I may rather appear as an advocatus diaboli.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • Discussion of the eternal servant problem is apt to be one-sided; it was quite time that we heard from the advocatus diaboli.

  • The dramatist played the advocatus diaboli very cleverly, and the other side felt that its case had been stated fairly.

    Our Stage and Its Critics "E.F.S." of "The Westminster Gazette"
British Dictionary definitions for advocatus diaboli

advocatus diaboli

/ˌædvəˈkɑːtəs daɪˈæbəˌlaɪ/
another name for the devil's advocate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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