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dev·il's advocate
n.
One who argues against a cause or position, not as a committed opponent but simply for the sake of argument or to determine the validity of the cause or position.
Roman Catholic Church. An official appointed to present arguments against a proposed canonization or beatification.
by Maine Event April 05, 2004
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Phrase meaning that a deceased cannot rest in peace until society changes due to the circumstances of a death.
People said rest in power for the unarmed man had been shot by the police.
by FooBarBiz October 12, 2017
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One who argues against a popular cause or position, not as a committed opponent but simply to make people discuss and consider it in more detail.
Person: lets go swimming
Devils advocate: people pee in the pool, do you really want to go?
by Jaxi December 26, 2005
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One who takes up the opposite argument to another person's statement or position, just to cause a problem for them.
by tired of the devil December 18, 2008
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To take a contrary point and inspire others to do the right thing as opposed to not doing the right thing.
Mary: I really want to be with Jon, even after the break up.

John: Fine, ignore the fact he has the morals of an alley cat, talk to him then. Run to his side.
Mary: No wait, Maybe that is not such a good idea, you are right. Thank you for playing devil's advocate!
by zugzug January 15, 2007
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This awesome movie where Al Pacino plays the Devil and owns everybody in New York City, but more importantly is taking his gangster roles in Scarface and The Godfather to a greater level of sophistication.
Holy shit! Al Pacino is so cool and bad ass, he was cast as fucking Satan.
by T Hizzle April 22, 2005
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