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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On a sentence level, O’Neill’s stories are playful, evocative, intoxicated with possibility. Jamie Fisher, New York Times, "Reliably Unreliable Men, Unlikely to Improve Their Lot," 22 June 2018 That form was so evocative, all about the image and the emotion captured in a Polaroid-like smattering of words. Craig Tomashoff, The Hollywood Reporter, ""It Was the Hardest Camp Ever": TV Directors Reveal Their Biggest Challenges," 11 June 2018 Cudamani revealed that in a wide range of raptly evocative ways. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "The musical view from Mexico and Bali (by way of Northridge and Santa Monica)," 20 Feb. 2018 Gameplay is fast, fun, evocative, and relatively simple. Giaco Furino, Popular Mechanics, "Gear Up for Ghostbustin' Mania with the Ghostbusters Board Game," 13 July 2016 In Pulp Fiction, the ball gag is presented as an evocative symbol of male rape. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Demi Moore's Harvey Weinstein Joke at Bruce Willis' Roast Was All Kinds of Awful," 30 July 2018 In this small but evocative show at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, which is dedicated to Mr. Rollins, who died last year, Tim Rollins & K.O.S. is paired with Glenn Ligon, another artist who has mined history to make art. New York Times, "The Art of Staying Cool: 10 Can’t-Miss Summer Shows in New York," 4 July 2018 In the ballet, Copland weaves together a variety of musical influences including jazz, Romanticism, and authentic American cowboy songs to build a evocative score. Jessica Rudman, courant.com, "HSO's Celebration Of American Composers An Exciting Romp," 7 Apr. 2018 Photographer Clyde Butcher is known for his sweeping, evocative black-and-white photos of Florida's Everglades. Tamara Lush, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida photographer explores surrealist artist Salvador Dali's roots," 18 June 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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