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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All this is strung together through musical interludes that are by turns amusing, melancholy, and evocative. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Indecent is a masterful, exquisitely rendered piece of storytelling: EW review," 12 June 2019 Both are accomplished singers, and their voices blend in close harmony along with strong and evocative instrumental accompaniment. Steve Smith, courant.com, "‘BluesGrass’ Show Coming To Welles-Turner Library," 6 June 2019 Here are the best, most evocative responses the actors had to their fates. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "How the ‘Game of Thrones’ Cast Reacted to Their Own Deaths," 27 May 2019 But exploring the outdoor spaces and the actual ruts in the valley might be the most evocative activity. Terri Colby, chicagotribune.com, "Following in footsteps — or wagon ruts — of American history on Oregon Trail," 24 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of evocative

1657, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of evocative

: bringing thoughts, memories, or feelings into the mind

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