advocate vs support

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Crawford Powell, Mar 13, 2016.

  1. Crawford Powell

    Crawford Powell Senior Member

    Native Arabic speaker from "Egypt"
    -Hello, What's the difference between (Advocate & Support) in the following example:
    • Nobody (Advocates/Supports) the violence
     
  2. Glasguensis

    Glasguensis Signal Modulation

    Versailles
    English - Scotland
    Advocacy goes beyond support. Someone who supports an idea might say so if asked their opinion or cast their vote in a certain way. Someone who advocates an idea actively campaigns, gives their opinion without being asked, and tries to persuade others to vote in the same way as them.
     
  3. Crawford Powell

    Crawford Powell Senior Member

    Native Arabic speaker from "Egypt"
    -I guess the noun "Advocacy" can be used when it comes to (Views, Opinions, Perspective, Idea, Policy, Systems... etc) & "Support" can be used when it comes to (Persons, Characters, Peoples... etc) Right?
     
  4. Glasguensis

    Glasguensis Signal Modulation

    Versailles
    English - Scotland
    No. Both advocacy and support can be used for any type of issue. As I said, the difference between them is that advocacy involves presenting arguments or publicly stating support. Whilst "support" can also involve those things, it doesn't have to.
     
  5. Englishmypassion

    Englishmypassion Senior Member

    Nainital
    India - Hindi
    An advocate (one who advocates something) is a leader while a supporter (one who supports) is a follower. Advocating is more active than supporting.
     
  6. Myridon

    Myridon Senior Member

    Texas
    English - US
    Not necessarily. An advocate might only speak in favor of something while a supporter might take action, give money, etc.
     

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