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English definition of “devil's advocate”

devil's advocate

noun [C usually singular]     /ˌdev.əlzˈæd.və.kət/
someone who pretends, in an argument or discussion, to be against an idea or plan that a lot of people support, in order to make people discuss and consider it in more detail: I don't really believe all that - I was just playing devil's advocate.Debate and discussion
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