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devil's advocatenoun [C usually singular]

uk   /ˌdev.əlz ˈæd.və.kət/  us   /ˌdev.əlz ˈæd.və.kət/
someone who ​pretends, in an ​argument or ​discussion, to be against an ​idea or ​plan that a lot of ​peoplesupport, in ​order to make ​peoplediscuss and ​consider it in more ​detail: I don't really ​believe all that - I was just playing devil's ​advocate.
(Definition of devil's advocate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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devil's advocatenoun [C]

 us   /ˈdev·əlz ˈæd·və·kət/
someone who ​supports an ​oppositeargument or one that is not ​popular in ​order to make ​peoplethink seriously
(Definition of devil's advocate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “devil's advocate”
in Chinese (Simplified) 假意反对的人,故意唱反调的人…
in Chinese (Traditional) 假意反對的人,故意唱反調的人…
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