[ev-uh-key-shuh n, ee-voh-key-]


an act or instance of evoking; a calling forth: the evocation of old memories.
Law. (formerly) an action of a court in summoning a case from another, usually lower, court for purposes of complete review and decision, as on an appeal in which the issue is incidental or procedural and the court of first instance has not yet rendered a decision on its merits; the removal of a case from one court to another.

Origin of evocation

1400–50; late Middle English evocacioun < Latin ēvocātiōn- (stem of ēvocātiō) calling forth, out, equivalent to ēvocāt(us) (past participle of ēvocāre to evoke) + -iōn- -ion
Can be confusedavocation evocation
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Related Words for evocation

invocation, summons, conjuration

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Contemporary Examples of evocation

  • Top U.S. officials contribute with their daily evocation of saintly principles that the United States itself has often defied.

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    Cut the Baloney on Ukraine

    Leslie H. Gelb

    March 9, 2014

  • The best thing about it is its evocation of civilian life in the 1940s, both in the U.S. and Australia.

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    Diving Into The Pacific

    Allen Barra

    May 6, 2010

  • For all the evocation of history, it is important to note that the groups sponsoring these rallies are newly created.

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    Today's Holiday of Hate

    John Avlon

    April 19, 2010

  • And an embellished event can be closer to the truth than factual precision, if its evocation is infused with intuitive wisdom.

Historical Examples of evocation

British Dictionary definitions for evocation



the act or an instance of evoking
French law the transference of a case from an inferior court for adjudication by a higher tribunal
another word for induction (def. 6)

Word Origin for evocation

C17: from Latin ēvocātiō a calling forth, from ēvocāre to evoke
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Word Origin and History for evocation

1570s, from Latin evocationem (nominative evocatio), noun of action from past participle stem of evocare "call out, rouse, summon," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + vocare "to call" (see voice (n.)).

Evocation was used of the Roman custom of petitioning the gods of an enemy city to abandon it and come to Rome; it also was used to translate the Platonic Greek anamnesis "a calling up of knowledge acquired in a previous state of existence."

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evocation in Medicine


[ĕv′ə-kāshən, ē′və-]


The induction of a particular tissue produced by the action of an evocator during embryogenesis.
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