Definition of invocation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɪnvə(ʊ)ˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1The action of invoking someone or something: his invocation of the ancient powers of Callanish
More example sentences
  • This affinity almost declares itself when he quotes Orwell endorsing Milton's invocation of ‘the known rules of ancient liberty’.
  • The client then uses its filter registry to invoke the filters during a subsequent method invocation.
  • Nevertheless, and despite Justice Kirby's ringing invocation of abiding freedoms, there are some pretty good reasons why the suppression order might well be regarded as appropriate in this case.
1.1 [count noun] An incantation used to invoke a deity or the supernatural.
Example sentences
  • In the weeks ahead there will also be invocations to the deity.
  • As soon as someone tells us how invocations of the supernatural will help us solve a problem, they will be embraced immediately.
  • He dug through his list of incantations, invocations and other such spells to little avail.
1.2 [count noun] (In the Christian Church) a form of words such as ‘In the name of the Father’ introducing a prayer, sermon, etc.
Example sentences
  • Thanksgiving and public prayer, the invocation of the name of God at the occasion of any major official gathering, are, in the practical behavior of the nation, a token of this very same spirit and inspiration.
  • Make the presentation much more prayerlike, an invocation for the Spirit to help us with our own baptismal vows.
  • True to form, he gave what amounted to a sermon, complete with invocations of god and a biblical quotation.
prayer, request, intercession, supplication, call, entreaty, solicitation, petition, appeal, suit;
incantation, chant
archaic orison



Pronunciation: /ɪnˈvɒkət(ə)ri/
Example sentences
  • The youth music festival begins with an invocatory violin concert by Malavika and Sharada, both upcoming artistes.
  • The hunters’ booming, percussive harp rhythms and urgent invocatory singing seemed to be everywhere.
  • This segued into a musical section with the dancers joining the musicians, using gourds to enhance their invocatory circle and line dances.


Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin invocatio(n-), from the verb invocare (see invoke).

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