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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Other Words from evocation

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
Recent Examples on the Web But his evocation of that speech is more meaningful than Trump can have consciously intended. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, "The Unpresident and the Unredeemed Promise," 12 June 2020 With most of us confined to our homes, music — whatever our tastes — becomes a welcome distraction, a soothing for our anxieties or an evocation of happier times. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Set in a gathering epidemic, Britten’s ‘Death in Venice’ is newly timely," 15 Apr. 2020 Biden’s constant evocation of his former boss has become a joke, with many twisting the former vice president’s burn on Rudy Giuliani: Every sentence includes a noun, a verb, and Barack Obama. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Pragmatic Roots of Biden’s Incoherence," 18 Sep. 2019 The device is a surprisingly effective evocation of the discombobulation of its amnesiac hero, Leonard, whose memory wipes every ten minutes, leaving him only his sense memory for guidance. Tom Shone, The New Yorker, "Can Christopher Nolan Save the Summer?," 28 May 2020 Sylvia Plath’s novel The Bell Jar may be the most famous evocation of depression in fiction. Nicole Rudick, The New York Review of Books, "A Witch’s Demons," 29 Apr. 2020 Each is, in its own idiosyncratic way, an irresistible evocation of a person, an ethos and a type of music, and all can be found from various sources here and there. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Glenn Gould’s decades-old radio documentaries still resonate. Podcasters, take note," 22 Apr. 2020 Even the evocations of a new crush were rendered with the gently open eyes of maturity; expressions of joy and loss alike emerged from the balanced perspective of a healthy, happy middle age. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Review: From a Veteran Singer to a Newcomer, a Note of Welcome," 6 Feb. 2020 The suspicion of autobiography turns these wistful evocations into something crass and embarrassing: a middle-aged guy bragging about his college conquests. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: An Indian Visitor in Search of America," 26 July 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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The first known use of evocation was in 1633

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19 Jul 2020

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“Evocation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evocation. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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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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