Advocate Ad"vo*cate, n. [OE. avocat, avocet, OF. avocat, fr. L. advocatus, one summoned or called to another; properly the p. p. of advocare to call to, call to one's aid; ad + vocare to call. See {Advowee}, {Avowee}, {Vocal}.] 1. One who pleads the cause of another. Specifically: One who pleads the cause of another before a tribunal or judicial court; a counselor. [1913 Webster]

Note: In the English and American Law, advocate is the same as ``counsel,'' ``counselor,'' or ``barrister.'' In the civil and ecclesiastical courts, the term signifies the same as ``counsel'' at the common law. [1913 Webster]

2. One who defends, vindicates, or espouses any cause by argument; a pleader; as, an advocate of free trade, an advocate of truth. [1913 Webster]

3. Christ, considered as an intercessor. [1913 Webster]

We have an Advocate with the Father. --1 John ii. 1. [1913 Webster]

{Faculty of advocates} (Scot.), the Scottish bar in Edinburgh.

{Lord advocate} (Scot.), the public prosecutor of crimes, and principal crown lawyer.

{Judge advocate}. See under {Judge}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • advocate — ad·vo·cate 1 / ad və kət, ˌkāt/ n [Latin advocatus adviser to a party in a lawsuit, counselor, from past participle of advocare to summon, employ as counsel, from ad to + vocare to call] 1: a person (as a lawyer) who works and argues in support… …   Law dictionary

  • advocate — Ⅰ. advocate UK US /ˈædvəkeɪt/ verb [T] ► to publicly support or suggest an idea, plan, or way of doing something: »The Food Standards Agency advocated a ban on advertising junk food to children. advocate doing sth »We would advocate selling those …   Financial and business terms

  • advocate — verb. 1. In a letter written in 1798 Benjamin Franklin asked Noah Webster, the lexicographer of American English, to use his authority to ‘reprobate’ this word, which was then new in the meaning ‘to recommend or plead in favour of’, although the… …   Modern English usage

  • Advocate — Ad vo*cate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Advocated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Advocating}.] [See {Advocate}, n., {Advoke}, {Avow}.] To plead in favor of; to defend by argument, before a tribunal or the public; to support, vindicate, or recommend publicly. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • advocate — [ad′və kit; ] for v. [, ad′vəkāt΄] n. [ME advocat, avocat < L advocatus, a counselor < advocare, to summon (for aid) < ad , to + vocare, to call] 1. a person who pleads another s cause; specif., a lawyer 2. a person who speaks or writes… …   English World dictionary

  • Advocate — Ad vo*cate, v. i. To act as advocate. [Obs.] Fuller. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • advocate — n *lawyer, counselor, barrister, counsel, attorney, solicitor advocate vb *support, uphold, champion, back Analogous words: defend, justify, vindicate, *maintain: espouse (see ADOPT): promote, forward, *advance …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • advocate — [n] person supporting an idea or cause publicly apostle, attorney, backer, campaigner, champion, counsel, defender, exponent, expounder, lawyer, pleader, promoter, proponent, proposer, speaker, spokesperson, supporter, upholder; concepts 359,423… …   New thesaurus

  • advocate — ► NOUN 1) a person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy. 2) a person who pleads a case on someone else s behalf. 3) Scottish term for BARRISTER(Cf. ↑barrister). ► VERB ▪ publicly recommend or support. DER …   English terms dictionary

  • Advocate — Infobox Occupation name= PAGENAME caption= 19th century painting of advocates, by French artist Honoré Daumier official names= advocate barrister type= profession activity sector= law competencies= advocacy and interpersonal skills, analytical… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”