advocatus diaboli

[ ahd-vaw-kah-toos dee-ah-baw-lee ]

nounMedieval Latin.

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How to use advocatus diaboli in a sentence

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

    A Librarian's Open Shelf | Arthur E. Bostwick
  • Discussion of the eternal servant problem is apt to be one-sided; it was quite time that we heard from the advocatus diaboli.

  • Then Arnold, or Arnold's secret advocatus diaboli, began upon another and quite different line.

    In Luck at Last | Walter Besant
  • 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"
  • Jimmy, advocatus diaboli in the matter, put the case for wrong-doing as strongly as he could.

    The Smuggler's Cave | George A. Birmingham

British Dictionary definitions for advocatus diaboli

advocatus diaboli

/ Latin (ˌædvəˈkɑːtəs daɪˈæbəˌlaɪ) /

  1. another name for the devil's advocate

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