What is the opposite of advocate?

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Noun
Opposite of a person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy
“He was an ardent critic of many of the policies enacted by the current administration.”
Noun
Opposite of someone whose job is to speak for someone's case in a court of law
“The defendant was given a regulated amount of time to plead his case.”
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Opposite of a person engaged in a crusade
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Opposite of a person who works in an organized and active way towards a goal
Noun
Opposite of a person who acts on behalf of another person or group
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Opposite of one who negotiates between parties seeking mutual agreement
Noun
Opposite of a lawyer or legal adviser
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Opposite of a devoted and helpful follower or supporter
“Philopoemen, the ancient leader of the Achaeans, is the embodiment of a prince who is constantly engaged in military affairs.”
Noun
Opposite of a person who favors the abolition of any particular institution
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Opposite of a person who believes, typically in a religion, person, or set of beliefs
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Opposite of person who disturbs, causes trouble
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Opposite of person who aids, does religious work
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Opposite of a person who is loyal to a cause, generally used as a political affiliation
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Verb
Opposite of to publicly recommend or support
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“He believed that the key to his success was to reject commonly-held dogmas that were irrational.”
Verb
(a cause or venture) Opposite of to support, advocate, or encourage
“Big crowds tend to impede my ability to hear myself think.”
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Opposite of to promote the use, sale, or acceptance of
“The supermarket has decided to pull some of its products from the shelves.”
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Opposite of to demand earnestly or pressingly
“The doctor would deter my efforts to pursue a sporting profession due to how prone I am to injury.”
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Opposite of to vigorously support or defend the cause of
“It would be a very bold minister who would strongly oppose the Prime Minister's decision.”
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Opposite of to offer a recommendation
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Opposite of to persuade someone of the merits of
“He would then proceed to slander his opponent with libelous claims.”
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Opposite of to state a fact or belief confidently and forcefully
“Some theorists speculate that the universe will end in a big crunch when everything collapses in on itself.”
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Opposite of to give reasons or cite evidence in support of an idea, action, or theory
“The law provides for the reduction of penalties, as long as the taxpayer will agree to fully accept the charges laid.”
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