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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



  • unreminiscent
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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
Recent Examples on the Web The images going viral on social media are evocative. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Your Phone Wasn’t Built for the Apocalypse," 11 Sep. 2020 There is a trusty device that has its origins in the evocative name of Alexander Graham Bell. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, "Ten ways videoconferencing mirrors life: Sun Messages," 7 Sep. 2020 Baroque saints can easily feel like an opera, but here, for this patron saint of music, the sound of ecstasy is evocative, soothing, and rich, even healing, like a Ravel piano concerto or something by Debussy or a Mozart concerto. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "In Rome, the Definitive Raphael Show: Raffaello: 1520–1483," 2 Sep. 2020 In 1940, at the American Negro Exposition in Chicago (marking the 75th anniversary of Emancipation), evocative dioramas were created to celebrate the often-unacknowledged achievements of African Americans. CBS News, "This week on "Sunday Morning" (August 30)," 29 Aug. 2020 Whatever the reasons for Melania’s changes to the garden, the cold and lifeless image of the White House is pretty evocative of the entire Trump presidency. Elly Belle, refinery29.com, "Melania, What Happened To The Rose Garden?," 26 Aug. 2020 At the Selma march, almost two years later, Mr. Budnik again looked for evocative moments. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Dan Budnik, Who Photographed History, Is Dead at 87," 23 Aug. 2020 Tidhar is both clean and poetic, elegantly sparse but deeply evocative. Vivian Shaw, Washington Post, "‘By Force Alone’ is an exciting and wickedly funny reimagining of the King Arthur legend," 21 Aug. 2020 His death is the focal point of Maggie O’Farrell’s evocative new novel, which re-creates about 16 years in Shakespeare’s life. Diane Scharper, National Review, "Shakespeare’s Lost Son," 20 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of evocative

1657, in the meaning defined above

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18 Sep 2020

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“Evocative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evocative. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of evocative

: bringing thoughts, memories, or feelings into the mind

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