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invitatory Line breaks: in¦vi|ta¦tory
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈvʌɪtət(ə)ri/

Definition of invitatory in English:


1Containing or conveying an invitation.
1.1(In the Christian Church) denoting a psalm or versicle acting as an invitation to worshippers, especially Psalm 95 (the Venite).
Example sentences
  • Psalm 95 is most familiar to us as an invitatory.
  • I had understood the Invitatory Psalm as a call to prayer, but I never knew that about allowing the people time to arrive.


Middle English: from late Latin invitatorius, from Latin invitare (see invite).

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