evoc·​a·​tive i-ˈvä-kə-tiv How to pronounce evocative (audio)
: evoking or tending to evoke an especially emotional response
settings … so evocative that they bring tears to the eyesEric Malpass
evocatively adverb
evocativeness noun

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
Recent Examples on the Web The memoir offers an evocative glimpse of the music business, but, like much of the book, relies on pseudonyms, composite characters and long stretches of reconstructed conversations. Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2024 His prose was so evocative and original that he was frequently mentioned in the same breath as three other top sci-fi writers of his generation — Gregory Benford, Greg Bear and David Brin. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Mar. 2024 The album in question is, of course, My 21st Century Blues, an evocative tour de force of fearless songwriting and bombastic vocal performances. Kyle Denis, Billboard, 14 Mar. 2024 First, The Room features a blend of elegance and subtlety through the incorporation of wood paneling, evocative of Japan’s forests, while lending a sense of privacy through two sets of closing panels inspired by traditional Japanese living quarters. Lauren Mowery, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 Working primarily with steel — often twisted into evocative shapes and oxidized to achieve a distinctive deep orange palette — Serra was known for large-scale sculptures designed not only to be observed but to be explored, experienced and felt. Oscar Holland, CNN, 26 Mar. 2024 This veteran Texas troubadour is a masterful musical storyteller whose best songs are evocative enough to be novellas. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Mar. 2024 This 2024 iteration folds in concerns of technological malfeasance evocative of the Cambridge Analytica scandal alongside a resurgent far right and widespread apprehension about the very electoral process. Ben Croll, Variety, 21 Mar. 2024 The rookie costume designer Theadora Van Runkle, a former fashion illustrator, dressed Faye Dunaway’s Bonnie in berets, calf-length skirts, and braless sweaters that were evocative of the film’s Dust Bowl setting, yet were like catnip to 1967 audiences. Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell, The Atlantic, 10 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1657, in the meaning defined above

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“Evocative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evocative. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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evoc·​a·​tive i-ˈväk-ət-iv How to pronounce evocative (audio)
: having the power to evoke an especially emotional response
an evocative photograph

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