Definition of invocation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌinvəˈkāSH(ə)n/


1The action of invoking something or someone for assistance or as an authority: the invocation of new disciplines and methodologies
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.
1.1The summoning of a deity or the supernatural: his invocation of the ancient mystical powers
1.2An incantation used for this.
Example sentences
  • The opening line of the invocation is, ‘In faith that we are Buddha, we enter Buddha's Way.’
  • I reproduce below Duggal's translation of the invocation and the first verse followed by my rendering of the same.
  • All functions, even a lecture in the University, begin with the invocation and even as most men wear Western coats and trousers, no one wears a necktie because it reminds them of the Cross and Christianity.
1.3(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.



Pronunciation: /inˈväkəˌtôrē/
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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Syllabification: in·vo·ca·tion

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