devil's advocate


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Idioms, Wikipedia.

devil's advocate:

see canonizationcanonization
, in the Roman Catholic Church, process by which a person is classified as a saint. It is now performed at Rome alone, although in the Middle Ages and earlier bishops elsewhere used to canonize.
..... Click the link for more information.
.
References in periodicals archive ?
However, for the devil's advocate to be effective, he or she must remember:
Those facing the devil's advocate had more thoughts supporting their own position than did those facing authentic dissent.
In view of this and the fruitlessness of the adversarial approach to promotion and opposition that the media so enjoy and tend to encourage, may I suggest that Corlan Hafren should take a leaf from the Vatican's book and appoint one or more devil's advocates? It seems to me that this may be the only way to ensure that whatever is finally built gives full and balanced consideration to all arguments for and against.
Because his presentation of facts must include everything unfavorable to the candidate, the promoter of the faith is popularly known as the devil's advocate. His duty requires him to prepare in writing all possible arguments, even at times seemingly slight, against the raising of any one to the Ian honours of the altar."
[6] In Devil's Advocate, a successful attorney Kevin Lomax (Keanu Reeves) moves to John Milton's New York City law firm, and his wife Mary Ann Lomax (Charlize Theron) accompanies him.
When Loyola Press recently released a new edition of Morris West's The Devil's Advocate, it gave modern readers of Catholic fiction the chance to encounter the classic tensions of theological inquiry: faith and reason, belief and doubt, grace and sin, hope and despair.
The Ten Faces of Innovation: IDEO's Strategies for Beating the Devil's Advocate & Driving Creativity Throughout Your Organization; Tom Kelley; Doubleday, New York, NY; 2005; 274 pp., $29.95.
Appoint a devil's advocate. Open up discussions and demand well-reasoned discourse from every team member.
He prides himself on being a strict devil's advocate. One of the biggest reasons for invention success is because Gauthier puts everything on the table together--from well-researched documents to what he considers "crap."
We constantly debate about things and become the devil's advocate. As for that, it affected Angus the most and me the least.
In this paper, hypothetical questions, devil's advocate questions, ideal position questions, and interpretive questions are introduced and discussed.
Kerry is a relentless questioner, often playing devil's advocate with his staff--a quality especially esteemed by presidential historians, and the very opposite of George W.