Devil's Advocate Meaning?

loba2000

New Member
Urdu
There is an idiom "Devil's advocate" i really cant find an easy meaning :(

plus i want to know that is it necessary to add the word "play" in the sentence , example: He is playing devil's advocate. OR Don't Play devil's advocate.

cant I only say "Don't try to be devil's advocate" ? or do i have to add the word play?
 
  • irinet

    Senior Member
    Romanian
    Yes, It is a specific idiom used in debates. 'Advocatus diaboli' vs. 'advocatus Dei' is like having two interlocutors with two different ideas who provide argumentation against his opponent. It is an oratorical device.
     

    sdgraham

    Senior Member
    USA English
    Yes, It is a specific idiom used in debates. 'Advocatus diaboli' vs. 'advocatus Dei' is like having two interlocutors with two different ideas who provide argumentation against his opponent. It is an oratorical device.
    The term has nothing specifically to do with formal debates or oratory.

    Also, it's a metaphor, not an idiom, and it's frequently used in ordinary discussions.

    In addition to the above links, see: opposite of the devil's advocate
     
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