advocatus diaboli

LatinEdit

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EtymologyEdit

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

NounEdit

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.

AntonymsEdit

  • advocātus Deī

DescendantsEdit

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