evo·​ca·​tion ˌē-vō-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce evocation (audio)
: the act or fact of evoking : summoning: such as
: the summoning of a spirit
: imaginative recreation
an evocation of the past
evocator 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 His is the microcosmic life at the center of the show’s macrocosmic evocations. Laura Collins-Hughes, New York Times, 8 Nov. 2023 The vaporous color in Nancy Evans’ luxurious paintings seems to be coalescing into fragile evocations of nature (Arthur Dove gets an oblique nod). Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 3 Oct. 2023 Next is the Bosphorus Garden, an evocation of the importance of nature in Ottoman, Anatolian, and Turkish cultures. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, 7 Nov. 2023 The movie, with its vivid evocation of Booker’s inner life, is intimate and personal, but LeBlanc also fulfills the wider social implications of its title. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2023 Heggie’s music rushes between evocations of the cold, mechanistic bureaucracy of capital punishment and the internal anxiety and turmoil of its protagonists. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2023 At that point Pohlad cuts to one of his many shots of the rural Washington landscape; the match of image and idea reminded me of Godard’s late period spiritual evocations, the product of intense cogitation — an artistic gift. Armond White, National Review, 11 Aug. 2023 The period evocation in Kevin Thompson’s production design is alive with specific detail, including a gorgeous recreation of the Dakota apartment. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Sep. 2023 Standard country music templates like the heartbreak tale or the evocation of small-town life stood ready to hand when someone said something that suggested the germ of a song. Carlo Rotella, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History


Latin evocation-, evocatio, from evocare

First Known Use

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of evocation was in 1633

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“Evocation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evocation. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


evo·​ca·​tion ˌē-vō-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce evocation (audio)
: an act or instance of evoking

Medical Definition


evo·​ca·​tion ˌē-vō-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce evocation (audio) ˌev-ə- How to pronounce evocation (audio)
: induction sense 3b
specifically : initiation of development of a primary embryonic axis

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