[ih-vok-uh-tiv, ih-voh-kuh-]


tending to evoke: The perfume was evocative of spring.

Origin of evocative

1650–60; < Latin ēvocātīvus, equivalent to ēvocāt(us) (see evoke, -ate1) + -īvus -ive
Related formse·voc·a·tive·ly, adverbe·voc·a·tive·ness, nounnon·e·voc·a·tive, adjectiveun·e·voc·a·tive, adjective
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Related Words for evocative

reminiscent, expressive, graphic, redolent

Examples from the Web for evocative

Contemporary Examples of evocative

Historical Examples of evocative

  • Today, the term machine is evocative of software rather than hardware.

  • It was a sound, he realized in a flash, evocative and summoning.

    The Bright Messenger

    Algernon Blackwood

  • The evocative power of perfume with regard to memory is compelling.

    The Wolves of God

    Algernon Blackwood

  • I was grateful for the fluke by which I had witnessed on the terrace that evocative scene.

    And Even Now

    Max Beerbohm

  • The familiar country, evocative of a great part of my childhood, carried my thoughts hither and thither.

British Dictionary definitions for evocative



tending or serving to evoke
Derived Formsevocatively, adverbevocativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for evocative

1650s, from Late Latin evocativus "pertaining to summoning," from Latin evocatus, past participle of evocare (see evoke).

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