Definition of invocation in English:


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


  • 1The action of invoking something or someone for assistance or as an authority: the invocation of new disciplines and methodologies
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    • 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.
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    • 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..
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    • 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/
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  • 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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