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

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 Behind the design: Early discussions and image exchanges with Torzo revolved around the photographer Luigi Ghirri’s distinctive approach to light and evocation of memory. Amy Verner, Vogue, 23 June 2022 That film was lyrical and impressionistic, drawing comparisons to Terrence Malick in its evocation of a troubled childhood in the blazing heat of a rural landscape. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 June 2022 And so many of his ideas are inspired, like adding the forlorn country lilt of an accordionist (Veli Kujala) to the scene in which Hamlet corrals a traveling troupe of actors to put on an evocation of his father’s murder. New York Times, 15 May 2022 But Donatello’s evocation of youth, restrained force, grace and hedonistic beauty all spoke to a new vision of the sovereign human figure occupying a central place in the world. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 Zelenskyy, who is Jewish, found a more mixed reception in the Israeli Knesset, where his evocation of the actions of Nazi Germany drew criticism from some lawmakers and the media. Byguy Davies, ABC News, 30 Apr. 2022 And the evocation of memories of a supposedly glorious colonial past in Algeria. New York Times, 19 Mar. 2022 Essayist Phil Christman introduces his new collection of essays, How to Be Normal, with an evocation of the malaise-ridden DIY mood. Chris Lehmann, The New Republic, 3 Mar. 2022 Yet the structural elegance of the painting does not detract from its evocation of a furtive and graceful animal in action on a glistening winter night. Sanford Schwartz, The New York Review of Books, 14 May 2020 See More

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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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“Evocation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evocation. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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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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