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invocation

[in-vuh-key-shuh n]
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noun
  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.
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for invocatory

invocation

noun
  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 Formsinvocational, adjectiveinvocatory (ɪnˈvɒkətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective
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Word Origin and History for invocatory

invocation

n.

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).

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