|1.||(tr; may take a clause as object) to support or recommend publicly; plead for or speak in favour of|
|2.||a person who upholds or defends a cause; supporter|
|3.||a person who intercedes on behalf of another|
|4.||barrister solicitor See also counsellor a person who pleads his client's cause in a court of law|
|5.||Scots law the usual word for barrister|
|[C14: via Old French from Latin advocātus legal witness, advocate, from advocāre to call as witness, from vocāre to call]|
(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.