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The term is popularly used to describe anyone who champions a less accepted cause solely for the sake of argument. Pope Leo X , in the early 15th century, seems to have introduced the term, but Sixtus V formally established the office in The role of the office was significantly reduced when Pope John Paul II revised the canonization procedures with Divini Perfectionis Magister in , and the promotor fidei now holds little sway over the proceedings. Devil's advocate Article Additional Info.
Top definition. One who argues against a cause or position, not as a committed opponent but simply for the sake of argument or to determine the validity of the cause or position. Roman Catholic Church. An official appointed to present arguments against a proposed canonization or beatification. Nov 3 Word of the Day.
Based on Andrew Neiderman 's novel of the same name, it is about an unusually successful young Florida lawyer Reeves invited to New York City to work for a major firm. As his wife Theron becomes haunted by frightening visual phenomena, the lawyer slowly begins to realize the owner of the firm Pacino is not what he appears to be, and is in fact the Devil. Pacino's character, Satan, takes the guise of a human lawyer named after the author of Paradise Lost , John Milton. The story and direction contain allusions to Milton's epic, Dante Alighieri 's Inferno , and the legend of Faust. An adaptation of Neiderman's novel went into a development hell during the s, with Hackford gaining control of the production. Filming took place around New York City and Florida. The Devil's Advocate received mixed reviews, with critics crediting it for entertainment value and Pacino's performance. It also became the subject of the copyright lawsuit Hart v.