to speak or write in favor of; support or urge by argument; recommend publicly:
He advocated higher salaries for teachers.
a person who speaks or writes in support or defense of a person, cause, etc. (usually followed by of):
an advocate of peace.
a person who pleads for or in behalf of another; intercessor.
a person who pleads the cause of another in a court of law.
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to support or recommend publicly; plead for or speak in favour of
noun (ˈædvəkɪt; -ˌkeɪt)
a person who upholds or defends a cause; supporter
a person who intercedes on behalf of another
a person who pleads his client’s cause in a court of law See also barrister, solicitor, counsellor
(Scots law) the usual word for barrister
mid-14c., “one whose profession is to plead cases in a court of justice,” a technical term from Roman law, from Old French avocat “barrister, advocate, spokesman,” from Latin advocatus “one called to aid; a pleader, advocate,” noun use of past participle of advocare “to call” (as witness or advisor) from ad- “to” (see ad-) + vocare “to call,” related to vocem (see voice (n.)). Also in Middle English as “one who intercedes for another,” and “protector, champion, patron.” Feminine forms advocatess, advocatrice were in use in 15c.
1640s, from advocate (n.). Related: Advocated; advocating; advocation.
(Gr. parakletos), one who pleads another’s cause, who helps another by defending or comforting him. It is a name given by Christ three times to the Holy Ghost (John 14:16; 15:26; 16:7, where the Greek word is rendered “Comforter,” q.v.). It is applied to Christ in 1 John 2:1, where the same Greek word is rendered “Advocate,” the rendering which it should have in all the places where it occurs. Tertullus “the orator” (Acts 24:1) was a Roman advocate whom the Jews employed to accuse Paul before Felix.
of or relating to an or his or her functions.
- Advocatus diaboli
(def 2). Historical Examples I want to make certain—I’m advocatus diaboli,—I want your evidence that it was Beresford at all. Sonia Married Stephen McKenna No one since Lowe has taken up the part of advocatus diaboli against democracy which he played in 1866. Studies in Contemporary Biography James Bryce, Viscount Bryce My duty to my […]
the right of presentation of a candidate to a benefice or church office. Historical Examples Thus it is applied to rights of advowson or of common, when possessed simply, and not as incident to any particular lands. Villainage in England Paul Vinogradoff Hence his right to nominate the rector was styled advocatio or advowson. The […]
advsys language, games An adventure game language designed by David Betz in 1986. ADVSYS is object-oriented and Lisp-like. (ftp://ftp.uu.net/usenet/comp.sources.games/volume2). (1995-03-20)