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

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This month Ms Anena recited those lines on the stage of the National Theatre in Kampala, melding drums, dance and poetry in an arresting evocation of love and war. L.t. | Kampala, The Economist, "The writers breathing fresh life into Ugandan literature," 23 Aug. 2019 Tiscornia turns construction materials — plaster, tile and wood — into intimate evocations of infinity. David Pagel, Los Angeles Times, "Emily Dickinson provides the lens for eight artists in L.A.’s Chinatown," 14 Sep. 2019 Yes, in a sense this was a stunt, in that the flickering lights and shadows representing Callas were but a two-dimensional evocation of the real thing. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Opera reviews: Maria Callas as hologram; Lyric Opera stars at Millennium Park," 8 Sep. 2019 There’s also a faint evocation of a prepubescent Bond movie, with the villain holed up in the sort of icy lair common to 007’s nemeses. Pat Padua, Twin Cities, "‘The Angry Birds Movie 2’ is better than you think. Wait, we’re serious.," 13 Aug. 2019 With DP Maryse Alberti, production designer Shane Valentino and costume designer Sarah Edwards, Berloff has nonetheless conjured a vivid evocation of 1978 Manhattan in all its gritty glory. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Kitchen': Film Review," 7 Aug. 2019 While White and Welty are lyrical in their evocation of automotive odysseys back then, Guinn doesn’t overlook the darker overtones of his story. Danny Heitman, The Christian Science Monitor, "Henry Ford and Thomas Edison steered Americans toward a love of road trips," 28 July 2019 The story's multiple New York locations all emerge from set designer Stephen Gifford's clever evocation of Bialystock's office, which is hemmed in by tottering towers of metal file cabinets, stuffed to bursting with paper. Daryl H. Miller, latimes.com, "Review: Small theaters think big with ‘Ragtime’ at the Chance and ‘The Producers’ at Celebration," 11 July 2019 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

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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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