advocate vs support

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
 
  • Glasguensis

    Signal Modulation
    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.
     

    Crawford Powell

    Senior Member
    Native Arabic speaker from "Egypt"
    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.
    -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?
     

    Glasguensis

    Signal Modulation
    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.
     

    Englishmypassion

    Senior Member
    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.
     

    Myridon

    Senior Member
    English - US
    An advocate (one who advocates something) is a leader while a supporter (one who supports) is a follower. Advocating is more active than supporting.
    Not necessarily. An advocate might only speak in favor of something while a supporter might take action, give money, etc.
     
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