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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evocator \ ˈē-​vō-​ˌkā-​tər How to pronounce evocator (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

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There were some signs of promise, most notably the tactical switches in the game in Paris, but by the end of the season the endless evocations of life under Ferguson had become auto-parodic. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Questions Abound Ahead of Solskjaer's Second Season at Man United," 1 Aug. 2019 Changing the Game is beautifully crafted, with strong visual evocations of the different locales that these young athletes inhabit. Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Changing the Game': Film Review | Outfest 2019," 31 July 2019 For all the fond evocation of time and place, kitsch and culture, this is a movie about dread — about the demons in the hills sharpening their knives. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "Tarantino is at the top of his form with ‘Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood’," 24 July 2019 As with any dance-heavy Broadway musical, there’s an emphasis here on acts of athleticism and physical control, and again, the combination of lean, seemingly naked bodies and the evocation of cute house pets is pretty startling. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Let’s all boggle at the furry erotic dream that is the first trailer for Tom Hooper’s Cats," 18 July 2019 Conspiracy theories, in fact, are in the show’s DNA, a counterforce to all the cuddly Spielberg evocation and the tweenage bonding. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The American Paranoia of Stranger Things 3," 4 July 2019 The second somewhat more subtle evocation of the Cold War is via horror tropes. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "In season 3, Stranger Things’ celebration of ’80s pop culture becomes a political ideology," 8 July 2019 The painting, with its games of light and shadow and its direct and visceral evocation of an emotionally searing moment, is a virtuoso showstopper. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "N.C. Wyeth painted the world full of beauty, resilience and adventure. And full of white people.," 3 July 2019 As protest symbols, Handmaid outfits are serious evocations of what the future of America could look like. Constance Grady, Vox, "The Kylie Jenner Handmaid’s Tale controversy is part of a larger story," 12 June 2019

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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 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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a period when something is suspended

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