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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 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.
(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 opposite argument or one that is not popular in order to make people think 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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