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  1. weston
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    a word to use instead of devil's advocate?

    I've been hearing this phrase so much lately, and Im starting to get sick of it. Id like to know a word or phrase that can be used as an alternative. Preferably a word. I have a decent vocabulary but I dont know a word that is synonomous to the meaning of Devil's Advocate. Do any of you?

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    Re: a word to use instead of devil's advocate?

    Hi,
    I know that you are sick of hearing this phrase, but it is the first time I see it. Can you tell me what does it mean till you find someone to answer your question, please?
    Thanks.

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    Last edited by Tdol; 21-Nov-2004 at 10:32.

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    Re: a word to use instead of devil's advocate?

    Quote Originally Posted by weston
    I've been hearing this phrase so much lately, and Im starting to get sick of it. Id like to know a word or phrase that can be used as an alternative. Preferably a word. I have a decent vocabulary but I dont know a word that is synonomous to the meaning of Devil's Advocate. Do any of you?
    I can't think of one.

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    Re: a word to use instead of devil's advocate?

    Thanks,
    That was useful, tdol.

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    Re: a word to use instead of devil's advocate?

    You're welcome.


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    When in doubt, invent a word :)
    If Samuel Clemens can do it...

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    Re: a word to use instead of devil's advocate?

    Hello! I'm new at this, so please be patient. I have been giving some thought to this question. I guess there are words that could indicate someone's tendency to argue, such as:

    argumentative, combative, contentious, disputatious, quarrelsome, scrappy

    These are all adjectives and if used adequately, the lack of adherence to the cause being argued over can be conveyed. Hope it helps!

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    Re: a word to use instead of devil's advocate?

    http://www.tek-tips.com/viewthread.c...1010695&page=1

    Try this link and in case it doesn't work - answer was
    You could probably make "gainsayer" work in most contexts.

    "It may amuse you to gainsay everything I say, but I find it annoying."

    "Don't be such a gainsayer."

    "You're gainsaying for amusement again, aren't you?"

    I am just a messenger, all Thanks to TRodKnowlton.

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