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Devil's Advocate

‘Devil's Advocate’ is someone who pretends, in an argument or discussion, to be against an idea or plan that a lot of people support, in order to make people discuss and consider the idea in more detail.

Example of use: So you believe that Canadians are friendly? I’m going to be the devil’s advocate and say that they’re unfriendly!

Interesting fact about Devil's Advocate

The term 'Devil's advocate' was brought into English in the 18th century from the mediaval Latin expression 'advocatus diaboli'.