ad·vo·cate /ˈædvəkət, ˌket/
1. One who pleads the cause of another. Specifically: One who pleads the cause of another before a tribunal or judicial court; a counselor.
Note: ☞ In the English and American Law, advocate is the same as “counsel,” “counselor,” or “barrister.” In the civil and ecclesiastical courts, the term signifies the same as “counsel” at the common law.
2. One who defends, vindicates, or espouses any cause by argument; a pleader; as, an advocate of free trade, an advocate of truth.
3. Christ, considered as an intercessor.
We have an Advocate with the Father. --1 John ii. 1.
Faculty of advocates Scot., the Scottish bar in Edinburgh.
Lord advocate Scot., the public prosecutor of crimes, and principal crown lawyer.
Judge advocate. See under Judge.
Ad·vo·cate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Advocated p. pr. & vb. n. Advocating ] To plead in favor of; to defend by argument, before a tribunal or the public; to support, vindicate, or recommend publicly.
To advocate the cause of thy client. --Bp. Sanderson (1624).
This is the only thing distinct and sensible, that has been advocated. --Burke.
Eminent orators were engaged to advocate his cause. --Mitford.
Ad·vo·cate, v. i. To act as advocate. [Obs.]
n 1: a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea [syn: advocator,
2: a lawyer who pleads cases in court [syn: counsel, counselor,
counsellor, counselor-at-law, pleader]
v 1: push for something; "The travel agent recommended strongly
that we not travel on Thanksgiving Day" [syn: recommend,
2: speak, plead, or argue in favour of; "The doctor advocated a
smoking ban in the entire house" [syn: preach]
(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