advocatus diaboli

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Etymology[edit]

From advocātus (advocate) + diabolī (of the devil) the Genitive singular of diabolus (the devil). Literally meaning "the devil's advocate".

Noun[edit]

advocātus diabolī

  1. the devil's advocate, an officer of the Church whose role it is to argue against the canonization or beatification of a saint.

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