evo·​ca·​tion | \ ˌē-vō-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce evocation (audio) , ˌe-və- \

Definition of evocation

1 : the act or fact of evoking : summoning: such as
a : the summoning of a spirit
b : imaginative recreation an evocation of the past

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Other Words from evocation

evocator \ ˈē-​vō-​ˌkā-​tər How to pronounce evocation (audio) , ˈe-​və-​ \ noun

Examples of evocation in a Sentence

rich evocations of the sights, sounds, and smells of the carnival the evocation of a simpler time
Recent Examples on the Web In fact, the evocation of that event comes at roughly a halfway point in the museum. New York Times, 3 June 2021 The evocation of paradise lingers through their summer outing, which pulses with life, hope and feeling. Washington Post, 26 May 2021 The profound bits in Proust are the most commonplace, while the commonplace bits—the descriptions, the evocation of place, the characterizations, the jokes, the observations, and, most of all, the love stories—are the most profound. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 3 May 2021 The local hardware store is the closest thing modern America has to the general store, that linchpin of city and frontier, with its evocation of paper bags filled with penny candy and the communal checkerboard set up before a potbellied stove. Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2021 Clark used seeds in the chemical development process, but the evocation is the stars, used by enslaved people to guide themselves northward. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Apr. 2021 And Biden has compared Buttigieg to his late son Beau, a powerful evocation that helped cement his importance to the president. Hope Yen, Star Tribune, 4 Apr. 2021 Perhaps her greatest talent was the clear evocation of thinking in a crisis. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 8 Mar. 2021 Her evocation of Liverpool at that time is grainily exact, with its lurid pubs, grand racketeering hotels, street violence, squalid poverty, garbage stench, rats, derelict houses and toughly resilient families. Hermione Lee, WSJ, 15 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of evocation

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for evocation

Latin evocation-, evocatio, from evocare

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The first known use of evocation was in 1633

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14 Jun 2021

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“Evocation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evocation. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of evocation

: the act of bringing something into the mind or memory : the act of evoking something


evo·​ca·​tion | \ ˌē-vō-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce evocation (audio) , ˌev-ə- How to pronounce evocation (audio) \

Medical Definition of evocation

: induction sense 3b specifically : initiation of development of a primary embryonic axis

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