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The meaning of "play devils advocate"

" Play Devil's advocate "
A person who takes a contrary position from the one being presented, either for the sake of argument or to test the validity of the opposing point of view.
I didn't really disagree with what he was saying but I decided to play devil's advocate just to get him to try to make a better case for it.
Where did it originate?:
Britain, 18th century.
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