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[ih-vohk] /ɪˈvoʊk/
verb (used with object), evoked, evoking.
to call up or produce (memories, feelings, etc.):
to evoke a memory.
to elicit or draw forth:
His comment evoked protests from the shocked listeners.
to call up; cause to appear; summon:
to evoke a spirit from the dead.
to produce or suggest through artistry and imagination a vivid impression of reality:
a short passage that manages to evoke the smells, colors, sounds, and shapes of that metropolis.
Origin of evoke
1615-25; < Latin ēvocāre, equivalent to ē- e-1 + vocāre to call (akin to vōx voice)
Related forms
evoker, noun
unevoked, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for evoker
Historical Examples
  • The voice ceased and the evoker offered a prayer of adoration.

  • The evoker of spirits said they must be making some kind of masonic house.

    Ideas of Good and Evil William Butler Yeats
  • I did not, and the seeress did not, and the evoker of spirits did not and could not.

    Ideas of Good and Evil William Butler Yeats
  • I sat with my acquaintance in the middle of the room, and the evoker of spirits on the dais, and his wife between us and him.

    Ideas of Good and Evil William Butler Yeats
  • The evoker of spirits saw them too, and said that one of them held up his arms and they were without hands.

    Ideas of Good and Evil William Butler Yeats
  • She was sure that Dora was not the only evoker of the unbounded satisfaction in Bryce Denning's face and manner.

    The Man Between Amelia E. Barr
  • Sudermann is still Klingsor, the evoker of artificial figures, not the poet who creates living men and women.

    Ivory Apes and Peacocks James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for evoker


verb (transitive)
to call or summon up (a memory, feeling, etc), esp from the past
to call forth or provoke; produce; elicit: his words evoked an angry reply
to cause (spirits) to appear; conjure up
Derived Forms
evocable (ˈɛvəkəbəl) adjective
evoker, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ēvocāre to call forth, from vocāre to call
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for evoker



1620s, from French évoquer or directly from Latin evocare "call out, rouse, summon" (see evocation). Often more or less with a sense of "calling spirits," or being called by them. Related: Evoked; evokes; evoking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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