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A'dvocate. n.s. [advocatus, Lat.]

  1. He that pleads the cause of another in a court of judicature.

    An advocate, in the general import of the word, is that person who has the pleading and management of a judicial cause. In a strict way of speaking, only that person is stiled advocate who is the patron of the cause, and is often, in Latin, termed togatus, and in English, a person of the long robe. Ayl. Par.

    Learn what thou ow'st thy countrv and thy friend;
    What's requisite to spare, and what to spend:
    Learn this; and, after, envy not the store
    Of the greas'd advocate that grinds the poor.
    Dryd. Perseus.

  2. He that pleads any cause, in whatever manner, as a controvertist or vindicator.

    If she dares trust me with her little babe,
    I'll shew 't the king, and undertake to be
    Her advocate to th' loudest.
    Shakesp. Hamlet.

    Of the several forms of government that have been, or are, in the world, that cause seems commonly the better, that has the better advocate, or is advantaged by fresher experience. Temple's Miscellanies.

  3. It is used with the particle for before the person or thing, in whose favour the plea is offered.

    Foes to all living worth except your own,
    And advocates for folly dead and gone.
    Pope's Epistles.

  4. In the scriptural and sacred sense, it stands for one of the offices of our Redeemer.

                            Me his advocate
    And propitiation; all his works on me,
    Good, or not good, ingraft.
    Milton's Paradise Lost.

Sources: Ayliffe, John (43) · Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Hamlet (60) · Milton, John (449) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Temple, William (54)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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