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devil's advocate

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No love is entirely without worth, even when the frivolous calls to the frivolous and the base to the base.
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Etymology

From the [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] advocātus diabolī (the devil's advocate).

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devil’s advocate

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  1. (idiomatic) One who debates from a view which they may not actually hold, usually to determine its validity, or simply for the sake of argument.
  2. (Roman Catholic Church) A canon lawyer appointed by the Church to argue against the canonization of the proposed candidate.

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