evoc·​a·​tive | \ i-ˈvä-kə-tiv \

Definition of evocative

: evoking or tending to evoke an especially emotional response settings … so evocative that they bring tears to the eyes— Eric Malpass

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Other Words from evocative

evocatively adverb
evocativeness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for evocative


reminiscent, suggestive



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Examples of evocative in a Sentence

He wrote a powerful and evocative biography. the Italian-American restaurant is decorated in a manner evocative of the charming outdoor cafés in Italy

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So long after the specifics of this moment in Pyeongchang grow hazy, most viewers are likely to be left with two enduring, evocative but streamlined and purposely uncomplicated images. Phil Rosenthal, chicagotribune.com, "Why thrill of Shaun White soaring, agony of Yuto Totsuka's crash will stick with us," 14 Feb. 2018 The film was primarily shot on location in Ireland, and Tully and cinematographer Wyatt Garfield use the evocative landscapes and foggy boglands to maximum effect. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Don’t Leave Home is a wonderfully atmospheric waking nightmare," 6 May 2018 The language in every story is mood-setting and evocative from the start. Jessie Militare, Marie Claire, "The Future of Women-Friendly Erotica Is Audio Porn, According to This App," 26 Dec. 2018 A century after Joyce penned this evocative but humanizing episode, reading in the bathroom continues to be a dubious activity. Nick Haslam, Time, "In Defense of Using Your Phone on the Toilet," 12 Apr. 2018 The game was developed by Spanish studio Nomada, founded by a group of industry veterans who partnered with artist Conrad Roset to turn his evocative style into something interactive. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The art behind the gorgeous indie game Gris," 20 Dec. 2018 The blocks are assembled into evocative quilts that are exhibited in public places. Mary Colurso, AL.com, "Cool Spaces: This live-work building in Crestwood makes artists' dreams come true," 19 Apr. 2018 But the team behind Black Mesa, an unofficial remake, released an evocative trailer for their game’s final levels. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Furby hell: this week in tech, 20 years ago," 24 Nov. 2018 The mansion has a unique style about it that feels exotic—and definitely not evocative of California design. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About The Bachelor Mansion," 14 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of evocative

1657, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of evocative was in 1657

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English Language Learners Definition of evocative

: bringing thoughts, memories, or feelings into the mind

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