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[ in-vuh-key-shuhn ]


  1. the act of invoking or calling upon a deity, spirit, etc., for aid, protection, inspiration, or the like; supplication.
  2. any petitioning or supplication for help or aid.
  3. a form of prayer invoking God's presence, especially one said at the beginning of a religious service or public ceremony.
  4. an entreaty for aid and guidance from a Muse, deity, etc., at the beginning of an epic or epiclike poem.
  5. the act of calling upon a spirit by incantation.
  6. the magic formula used to conjure up a spirit; incantation.
  7. the act of calling upon or referring to something, as a concept or document, for support and justification in a particular circumstance.
  8. the enforcing or use of a legal or moral precept or right.


/ ˌɪnvəˈkeɪʃən; -trɪ; ɪnˈvɒkətərɪ /


  1. the act of invoking or calling upon some agent for assistance
  2. a prayer asking God for help, forgiveness, etc, esp as part of a religious service
  3. 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

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Derived Forms

  • ˌinvoˈcational, adjective
  • invocatory, adjective
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Other Words From

  • in·voc·a·to·ry [in-, vok, -, uh, -tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], adjective
  • prein·vo·cation noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of invocation1

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English invocacio(u)n, from Latin invocātiōn-, stem of invocātiō “a calling upon”; invocate, -ion
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Example Sentences

Other employees report repeated invocations of empathy from upper management in staff meetings, but little training on how to implement it with those they supervise.

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This new Springsteen on Broadway—a slight reimagining for a grand reopening—is not so much a reflection of what we’ve lost as an invocation to step boldly toward all that’s left to be found.

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Either way, the earnest invocation of an idealized politician being either a stacked savior or a wine-sipping bestie makes a mockery of the idea that politicians are nothing more than fellow citizens chosen for a short time to serve the public good.

Recall the right-wing invocation of “Flight 93” in the lead-up to the 2016 election.

In order for you to call this service from Google Sheets it must allow unauthenticated invocations.

That word “denialism” is particularly profane, with its unsubtle invocation of the Holocaust.

Feminists should be concerned about the invocation of traditional roles.

I was asked by then President-elect Obama to deliver the invocation at the opening inaugural event.

When science was young, the invocation of miracles was commonplace.

This “promiscuous” invocation of religious freedom would deny equal rights to those with different religious convictions—or none.

Therefore the principal object of our invocation of the saints ought to be the obtaining of their help in following their example.

Country folk, journeying by the street below, looked up with lips that whispered invocation.

The invocation, "Queen conceived without the stain of original sin," was added to the Litany of Loreto.

But what of the love, however expressed, in the lyrical invocation to the brown liqueur?

A final howl of invocation resulted in complete failure, whereupon it was decided that Baal-Zeboub had business elsewhere.