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10 / 06 / 2004

TO PLAY DEVIL'S ADVOCATE: meaning and examples

Good morning,

Today we will look at a very common conversational expression: To play devil's advocate.

It means: to pretend to disagree with a person with the objective of starting an interesting discussion or argument.

Example 1
The lawyer played devil's advocate with his client in order to prepare him for the trial.

Example 2
It's possible that our excitement about the project has made us unable to see some of its possible problems. That's why I want you to play devil's advocate; the more objections you raise now, the better we can prepare for possible future problems.

If you have any questions about this expression, please don't hesitate to contact me. If you would like to see the translation of this expression into Spanish, please see the text after my signature.

Enjoy the rest of your day!