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[in-vuh-key-shuh n] /ˌɪn vəˈkeɪ ʃən/
the act of invoking or calling upon a deity, spirit, etc., for aid, protection, inspiration, or the like; supplication.
any petitioning or supplication for help or aid.
a form of prayer invoking God's presence, especially one said at the beginning of a religious service or public ceremony.
an entreaty for aid and guidance from a Muse, deity, etc., at the beginning of an epic or epiclike poem.
the act of calling upon a spirit by incantation.
the magic formula used to conjure up a spirit; incantation.
the act of calling upon or referring to something, as a concept or document, for support and justification in a particular circumstance.
the enforcing or use of a legal or moral precept or right.
Origin of invocation
1325-75; Middle English invocacio(u)n < Latin invocātiōn- (stem of invocātiō). See invocate, -ion
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[in-vok-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪnˈvɒk əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
preinvocation, noun Unabridged
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  • Of any invocation offered to them by himself or his fellow-believers, Ignatius appears entirely ignorant.

    Primitive Christian Worship James Endell Tyler
  • The former should be used only in cases of invocation, as, “O Lord!”

  • Yet the fragments do present us with an invocation to the sun-god, though weakened, it is true, and adapted to the new faith.

  • In modern crystal-gazing and mirror-reading, however, there is no invocation.

    Storyology Benjamin Taylor
  • So that a great part of the town seemed some strong chorus of invocation to new possessions.

    Christmas Zona Gale
British Dictionary definitions for invocation


the act of invoking or calling upon some agent for assistance
a prayer asking God for help, forgiveness, etc, esp as part of a religious service
an appeal for inspiration and guidance from a Muse or deity at the beginning of a poem
  1. the act of summoning a spirit or demon from another world by ritual incantation or magic
  2. the incantation used in this act
Derived Forms
invocational, adjective
invocatory (ɪnˈvɒkətərɪ; -trɪ) adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for invocation

late 14c., "petition (to God or a god) for aid or comfort; invocation, prayer;" also "a summoning of evil spirits," from Old French invocacion (12c.), from Latin invocationem (nominative invocatio), noun of action from past participle stem of invocare "to call upon, invoke, appeal to" (see invoke).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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