[in-vuh-key-shuh n]


Origin of invocation

1325–75; Middle English invocacio(u)n < Latin invocātiōn- (stem of invocātiō). See invocate, -ion
Related formsin·voc·a·to·ry [in-vok-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪnˈvɒk əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectivepre·in·vo·ca·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for invocation

Contemporary Examples of invocation

Historical Examples of invocation

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


    Benjamin Taylor

  • It was a prayer, an invocation, to the unknown child, as to the unknown God!

    Doctor Pascal

    Emile Zola

  • In that case, as a Unitarian, I must object to an invocation in which I do not believe.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • I feel the same about the invocation of the saints and about images.

  • The invocation was heard in the breasts from which it was uttered.

    The Reign of Mary Tudor

    W. Llewelyn Williams.

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 Formsinvocational, adjectiveinvocatory (ɪnˈvɒkətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective
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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