advocatus diaboli

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ad.woˈkaː.tus diˈa.bo.liː/, [ad.wɔˈkaː.tʊs dɪˈa.bɔ.liː]

Noun[edit]

advocātus diabolī m (genitive advocātī diabolī); second declension

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

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative advocātus diabolī advocātī diabolī
genitive advocātī diabolī advocātōrum diabolī
dative advocātō diabolī advocātīs diabolī
accusative advocātum diabolī advocātōs diabolī
ablative advocātō diabolī advocātīs diabolī
vocative advocāte diabolī advocātī diabolī

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