• WordNet 3.6
    • n advocator a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The term "devil's advocate" comes from the Roman Catholic Church. When deciding if someone should be sainted, a devil's advocate is always appointed to give an alternative view.
    • n advocator An advocate; a supporter.
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  • George Mcgovern
    George Mcgovern
    “No man should advocate a course in private that he's ashamed to admit in public.”
  • Dorothy Thompson
    Dorothy Thompson
    “Can one preach at home inequality of races and nations and advocate abroad good-will towards all men?”
  • Warren E. Burger
    Warren E. Burger
    “We are more casual about qualifying the people we allow to act as advocates in the courtroom than we are about licensing electricians.”
  • Karl Barth
    Karl Barth
    “The best theology would need no advocates; it would prove itself.”
  • Ronald Reagan
    “Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Trial. A formal inquiry designed to prove and put upon record the blameless characters of judges, advocates and jurors.”


Devil's advocate - If someone plays Devil's advocate in an argument, they adopt a position they don't believe in just for the sake of the argument


In literature:

Bryant was its strong advocate in journalism.
"The Negro and the Nation" by George S. Merriam
Oxford 1709, an advocate from 1710, advocate to the admiralty 1741-1748.
"Privateering and Piracy in the Colonial Period" by Various
Thomas Muir of Huntershill, an able young advocate, was appointed Vice-President.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
After much hesitation he also advocated a return to triennial parliaments.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
Since the adoption of the Constitution there have been two principal parties advocating different principles.
"Citizenship" by Emma Guy Cromwell
Mill found in it the opportunity of advocating many of his cherished opinions.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen
They were zealous advocates for freedom of conscience and security against taxation unless imposed by themselves.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
In the past few years the world has been startled by the bold theory of evolution, as advocated by Darwin, Haeckel, Huxley and others.
"Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel" by Frank G. Allen
The States' Rights Whigs advocated a protective tariff and a national bank.
"Robert Toombs" by Pleasant A. Stovall
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles

In poetry:

To plead its cause, I no one hear —
I see no advocate appear ——
To give an answer none begins,
Even for one of all my sins.
"The Unhappy State Of The Ungodly, After Death" by Rees Prichard
What if the dead whom still you hate
Were wrong? Are you so surely right?
We know the issues of the fight —
The sword is but an advocate.
"To E.S. Salomon" by Ambrose Bierce
Christ, is the only Mediator known,
Christ, is our only Advocate above,
And there is none, but Jesus Christ alone,
That can, for man, the dread Creator move.
"Concerning Prayer, And Its Proper Requisites" by Rees Prichard
O let me commend My Saviour to you,
The publican's friend And Advocate too,
For you he is pleading His merits and death,
With God interceding for sinners beneath.
"Thy Faithfulness, Lord" by Charles Wesley
Stern Reason is to judgment come,
Arrayed in all her forms of gloom:
Wilt thou, my advocate, be dumb?
No, radiant angel, speak and say
Why I did cast the world away;
"Speak, God Of Visions" by Emily Jane Bronte
"What," enquires the advocate,
"Happened in the Roman State,
Back in forty-two B.C.?
Let me read some history -
Fifty pages. 'Tis but just."
"Well," the judge sighs, "if you must.
"Heigh, Ho!" by C J Dennis

In news:

Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU.
A group called Faithful America is circulating a message that condemns antigay pastor Sean Harris, who advocated punching gay-acting children in a recent sermon.
Both of them are advocates of Big Government, just with different methods and angles.
An advocate born from tragedy.
River Advocates Request Planning Commission to Deny NBC Universal Evolution Plan.
Act Endorsed by a diverse coalition of advocates including USGBC.
Anti-tax advocate Bruce may face contempt of court .
Advocates say 1 in every 3 women experience some form of domestic abuse in their lifetime.
Slow food advocate and author Poppy Tooker revives the work of one of New Orleans' first famous chefs in Mme.
500B Alaskan gold and copper mine in upstream battle with EPA, salmon advocates.
In her calling as an advocate for water conservation, Alexandra Cousteau has joined the family business.
As much as gun control advocates might wish otherwise, their attacks are running out of ammo.
Vocal advocate of bill to reward students who perform community service.
From straight teen Steven Cozza to gay mom Jennifer Tyrrell, advocates have fought for years to end discrimination by the Boy Scouts, and this summer they finally claimed a victory.
Raising Visa Fees 66% on Average, to Advocates' Dismay .

In science:

In the alternative to Stapp’s approach advocated by Bell and elaborated here, we begin not with an arbitrary allegiance to the orthodox quantum philosophy, but with a straightforward, mathematically precise definition of local causality, motivated exclusively by relativity theory.
Bell Locality and the Nonlocal Character of Nature
However, we henceforth restrict our attention to only the correlated Gaussian distribution (3); on this simplest (and admittedly quite distant from reality) example we wish to advocate our approach, with a view to further generalize it to heavy–tailed distributions.
Applying Free Random Variables to Random Matrix Analysis of Financial Data. Part I: A Gaussian Case
This is yet another reason for developing noise–cleaning procedures, such as the one advocated in this paper.
Applying Free Random Variables to Random Matrix Analysis of Financial Data. Part I: A Gaussian Case
It can also be seen that the new results fit nicely the picture previously sketched in Paper II, so that the same average flattening rate can be advocated here, namely, d[Fe/H]/dR ∼ 0.005 to −0.010 dex kpc−1 Gyr−1 for the last 6 to 8 Gyr.
An estimate of the time variation of the abundance gradient from planetary nebulae III. O, S, Ar, and Ne: A comparison of PN samples
The second approach, compositional in spirit and the one we advocate here, extends classical conjunctive query evaluation and is based on a bottom up evaluation of the parse tree, borrowing notions of relational algebra evaluation [4, 12] plus some additional features.
Semantics and Complexity of SPARQL