advocate
\ \ [14] Etymologically, advocate contains the notion of ‘calling’, specifically of calling someone in for advice or as a witness.
\ \ This was the meaning of the Latin verb advocāre (formed from vocārecall’, from which English also gets vocation). Its past participle, advocātus, came to be used as a noun, originally meaning ‘legal witness or adviser’, and later ‘attorney’. In Old French this became avocat, the form in which English borrowed it; it was later relatinized to advocate. The verb advocate does not appear until the 17th century.
\ \ The word was also borrowed into Dutch, as advocaat, and the compound advocaatenborrel, literally ‘lawyer’s drink’, has, by shortening, given English the name for a sweetish yellow concoction of eggs and brandy.
\ \ Cf.INVOKE, REVOKE, VOCATION

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