evo·ca·tion | \ˌē-vō-ˈkā-shən, 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, 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

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This goes to show that when given a fair chance to do so, people seeking to enter this nation do indeed follow the laws, regardless of Sessions’ evocations of the Bible. John L. Mccullough, Time, "Jeff Sessions Left Out the Key Part of the Bible Verse He Used to Rationalize Family Separation," 15 June 2018 Eschewing the heroic, monumental approach which for centuries was sculpture’s default mode, his figures are evocations of disquiet and discontent that fit a world disillusioned with bombast. The Economist, "How Alberto Giacometti became a legend," 14 June 2018 Such wild temperature contrasts: Has there ever been a chillier evocation of institutional brutalities lit by such glowing candlelight? Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "'Filmworker': A life lived in thrall to Stanley Kubrick," 31 May 2018 The public and private spaces at Phantasma are rendered in lushly biomorphic Art Nouveau lines, and the arch of the show palace's stage cleverly incorporates a stylized evocation of the Phantom's mask. Daryl H. Miller, latimes.com, "'Love Never Dies,' a sequel to 'Phantom of the Opera,' struggles to abduct us," 9 Apr. 2018 This glacial cone of satin has long been one of the most revered designs in fashion history, a mysterious evocation of untouchedness. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’ Review: A Gift From the Sartorial Gods," 10 May 2018 Fitzgerald’s evocation of his time and the poetic quality of his prose. New York Times, "John McCain: By the Book," 3 May 2018 Her death, from leukemia in 1995, came to define much of his work in recent years, in poems that featured a forthrightness that was often heart-rending, and very frequently breathtaking, in its evocation of grief. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Donald Hall, former U.S. poet laureate who wrote of nature and loss, dies at 89," 24 June 2018 The first section of the text, the Ars Goetia, contains the descriptions of the evocations for each of the 72 demons. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "‘It’s Pretty Involved’: Witches Explain How to Summon the Demon From Hereditary," 15 June 2018

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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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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, ˌev-ə- \

Medical Definition of evocation 

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

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