within the civil law. An advocate; one who handled or assisted In managing another's cause before a judicial tribunal. Called additionally "patronus." Cod. 2, 7, 14. But distinguished from causidicus. Id. 2, 6, 6.
the devil's advocate
During the Carolingian epoch, indeed, advocatus and vice-dominus were interchangeable terms; and it was only in the 11th century rthat they became generally differentiated: the title of avoue being commonly reserved for nobles charged with the protection of an abbey, that of vidame for those guarding an episcopal see.