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advocate

[v. ad-vuh-keyt; n. ad-vuh-kit, -keyt] /v. ˈæd vəˌkeɪt; n. ˈæd və kɪt, -ˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), advocated, advocating.
1.
to speak or write in favor of; support or urge by argument; recommend publicly:
He advocated higher salaries for teachers.
noun
2.
a person who speaks or writes in support or defense of a person, cause, etc. (usually followed by of):
an advocate of peace.
3.
a person who pleads for or in behalf of another; intercessor.
4.
a person who pleads the cause of another in a court of law.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; < Latin advocātus legal counselor (orig. past participle of advocāre to call to one's aid), equivalent to ad- ad- + voc- call (akin to vōx voice) + -ātus -ate1; replacing Middle English avocat < Middle French
Related forms
advocative, adjective
advocator, noun
nonadvocate, noun
preadvocate, noun
preadvocate, verb (used with object), preadvocated, preadvocating.
readvocate, verb (used with object), readvocated, readvocating.
subadvocate, noun
unadvocated, adjective
well-advocated, adjective
Synonyms
2. champion, proponent, backer. 4. lawyer, attorney, counselor, counsel; barrister; solicitor.
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Examples from the web for advocate
  • In fact, he sometimes lurks by one of his bronzes and plays devil's advocate.
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  • What she really is is an advocate, not a leader.
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  • Of all the founding fathers, Jefferson was the staunchest advocate of freedom.
British Dictionary definitions for advocate

advocate

verb (ˈædvəˌkeɪt)
1.
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to support or recommend publicly; plead for or speak in favour of
noun (ˈædvəkɪt; -ˌkeɪt)
2.
a person who upholds or defends a cause; supporter
3.
a person who intercedes on behalf of another
4.
a person who pleads his client's cause in a court of law See also barrister, solicitor, counsellor
5.
(Scots law) the usual word for barrister
Derived Forms
advocatory, adjective
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin advocātus legal witness, advocate, from advocāre to call as witness, from vocāre to call
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Word Origin and History for advocate
n.

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.

v.

1640s, from advocate (n.). Related: Advocated; advocating; advocation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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advocate in the Bible

(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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Encyclopedia Article for advocate

in law, a person who is professionally qualified to plead the cause of another in a court of law. As a technical term, advocate is used mainly in those legal systems that derived from the Roman law. In Scotland the word refers particularly to a member of the bar of Scotland, the Faculty of Advocates. In France avocats were formerly an organized body of pleaders, while the preparation of cases was done by avoues; today this distinction exists only before the appellate courts. In Germany, until the distinction between counselor and pleader was abolished in 1879, the Advokat was the adviser rather than the pleader. The term has traditionally been applied to pleaders in courts of canon law, and thus in England those who practiced before the courts of civil and canon law were called advocates. In the United States the term advocate has no special significance, being used interchangeably with such terms as attorney, counsel, or lawyer. See also barrister; lawyer; solicitor.

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