devil's advocate
noun Etymology: translation of New Latin advocatus diaboli Date: 1760 1. a Roman Catholic official whose duty is to examine critically the evidence on which a demand for beatification or canonization rests 2. a person who champions the less accepted cause for the sake of argument

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