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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His grasping, stumbling strugglers feel their way through a hopeless void: his silent, melancholy, allegorical evocation of Germany in the first half of the last century. Dmitry Samarov, Chicago Reader, "Arts / History / Visual Art ‘Otto Neumann: Modern Degenerate’ shows an artist struggling through the hopelessness of 20th century Germany," 26 Jan. 2018 Sure, there are jokes interspersed, but the scene is a loving evocation of a specific place, time, and culture. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 2 is a dazzling confection with a slightly bitter aftertaste," 5 Dec. 2018 And feel the tremendous power of Ferrante’s evocation of a bygone era in Italy? Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "HBO’s My Brilliant Friend adaptation is a knockout," 18 Nov. 2018 In particular, the parts set in the institution, the focus on daily existence in the place, the clamor, the tensions, the character of the guards, the favors available for a little bribery, all of it a sterling evocation of prison life. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘Escape at Dannemora’ Review: Prison Heartbreak," 15 Nov. 2018 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

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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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