evoc·​a·​tive | \ i-ˈvä-kə-tiv How to pronounce evocative (audio) \

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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Linda Gregg, 76, who explored beauty, loss, struggle and desire in award-winning poetry that was spare but intense and deeply evocative, died March 20 in Manhattan. Seattle Times Staff & News Services, The Seattle Times, "This week’s passages," 29 Mar. 2019 Originally from Ethiopia, Tariku creates evocative wood furniture inspired by his East African heritage. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "The Black Artists + Designers Guild is a Creative Force Shaking Up the Design World," 18 Mar. 2019 Think rich pigments, evocative brushstrokes, and a whimsical elegance. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "Interior Designers Predict the Next Major Wallpaper Trends," 12 Mar. 2019 David Goldblatt, the renowned South African photographer who captured evocative, often heartbreaking scenes from his native country’s apartheid regime, has died at the age of 87. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "David Goldblatt, the South African Photographer Who Documented Life Under Apartheid, Has Died at 87," 27 June 2018 California’s governor at the time, Pete Wilson, used similar evocative images to spur support for a ballot initiative intended to eliminate healthcare, public schooling and other services in the state for immigrants in the country illegally. Jazmine Ulloa, latimes.com, "Painful scenes of child separations force a rare retreat from the White House," 20 June 2018 These and many more of the book’s evocative images made the cut for the series’ first six-episode season, which spans the first two weeks of Tess’ training at the restaurant. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "'Sweetbitter': Inside the new show's restaurant drama and Me Too truth-telling," 2 May 2018 These are fleshed out with judicious excerpts from contemporary press coverage and a journal kept by an actor in the original workshop, as well as some marvelously evocative photos. Wendy Smith, miamiherald, "A full-bodied portrait of ‘Angels in America,’ a play redefined what theater could be | Miami Herald," 22 Feb. 2018 Hancock said planners are taking into consideration the mountain views that make Denver a city among the most evocative of the historic West. Scott Wilson, The Seattle Times, "Once flat and wide on the frontier, Western cityscapes are now rising tall and sleek," 4 Feb. 2019

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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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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