advocate vs supporter

thuhoai

Senior Member
Vietnam
Hi,everyone.

Cuomo met with gay-rights advocates, delivered speeches and held private conferences with legislators in a bid to build momentum for the measure in the face of vocal opposition from Catholic Archbishop Timothy Dolan and other traditional-marriage supporters.

I suppose that "advocates" and "supporters" are the same meaning.
My question is that are they interchangeable?
Thanks
 
  • MuttQuad

    Senior Member
    English - AmE
    Hi,everyone.

    Cuomo met with gay-rights advocates, delivered speeches and held private conferences with legislators in a bid to build momentum for the measure in the face of vocal opposition from Catholic Archbishop Timothy Dolan and other traditional-marriage supporters.

    I suppose that "advocates" and "supporters" are the same meaning.
    My question is that are they interchangeable?
    Thanks
    Not at all. Supporters carries a connotation of passivity, whereas advocates are actively engaged in pushing the cause. Advocates are supporters, but not all supporters are advocates.
     
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