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 for Faculty of advocates
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Advocate \Ad"vo*cate\, n. [OE. avocat, avocet, OF. avocat, fr.
     L. advocatus, one summoned or called to another; properly the
     p. p. of advocare to call to, call to one's aid; ad + vocare
     to call. See Advowee, Avowee, Vocal.]
     1. One who pleads the cause of another. Specifically: One who
        pleads the cause of another before a tribunal or judicial
        court; a counselor.
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     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.
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     2. One who defends, vindicates, or espouses any cause by
        argument; a pleader; as, an advocate of free trade, an
        advocate of truth.
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     3. Christ, considered as an intercessor.
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              We have an Advocate with the Father.  --1 John ii.
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     Faculty of advocates (Scot.), the Scottish bar in
     Lord advocate (Scot.), the public prosecutor of crimes, and
        principal crown lawyer.
     Judge advocate. See under Judge.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Faculty \Fac"ul*ty\, n.; pl. Faculties. [F. facult?, L.
     facultas, fr. facilis easy (cf. facul easily), fr. fecere to
     make. See Fact, and cf. Facility.]
     1. Ability to act or perform, whether inborn or cultivated;
        capacity for any natural function; especially, an original
        mental power or capacity for any of the well-known classes
        of mental activity; psychical or soul capacity; capacity
        for any of the leading kinds of soul activity, as
        knowledge, feeling, volition; intellectual endowment or
        gift; power; as, faculties of the mind or the soul.
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              But know that in the soul
              Are many lesser faculties that serve
              Reason as chief.                      --Milton.
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              What a piece of work is a man ! how noble in reason
              ! how infinite in faculty !           --Shak.
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     2. Special mental endowment; characteristic knack.
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              He had a ready faculty, indeed, of escaping from any
              topic that agitated his too sensitive and nervous
              temperament.                          --Hawthorne.
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     3. Power; prerogative or attribute of office. [R.]
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              This Duncan
              Hath borne his faculties so meek.     --Shak.
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     4. Privilege or permission, granted by favor or indulgence,
        to do a particular thing; authority; license;
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              The pope . . . granted him a faculty to set him free
              from his promise.                     --Fuller.
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              It had not only faculty to inspect all bishops'
              dioceses, but to change what laws and statutes they
              should think fit to alter among the colleges.
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     5. A body of a men to whom any specific right or privilege is
        granted; formerly, the graduates in any of the four
        departments of a university or college (Philosophy, Law,
        Medicine, or Theology), to whom was granted the right of
        teaching (profitendi or docendi) in the department in
        which they had studied; at present, the members of a
        profession itself; as, the medical faculty; the legal
        faculty, etc.
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     6. (Amer. Colleges) The body of person to whom are intrusted
        the government and instruction of a college or university,
        or of one of its departments; the president, professors,
        and tutors in a college.
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     Dean of faculty. See under Dean.
     Faculty of advocates. (Scot.) See under Advocate.
     Syn: Talent; gift; endowment; dexterity; expertness;
          cleverness; readiness; ability; knack.
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