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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Coogan looks like she was born to play the role of Anya and her voice is generally strong and evocative. Randy Mcmullen, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘Anastasia’ in SF works better as fable than as musical," 5 Sep. 2019 Chance has clearly sweated over every bar, but the best ones are blunt and evocative rather than clever per se. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Chance the Rapper Wants You to Get Married," 30 July 2019 The statement and subsequent others have generated a firestorm of debate, with some calling the remarks racist and evocative of hateful rhetoric that calls for people of color and non-English speakers to return to their countries of origin. Brady Slater, Twin Cities, "Minn. Congressman Pete Stauber won’t condemn Trump, calls controversy over Twitter remarks a ‘distraction’," 16 July 2019 The Ghanaian artist covered the entire structure in weathered jute sacks, a crude but durable material evocative of the global flow of both goods and people, which has for so long shaped this cosmopolitan city. Max Maeckler, Vogue, "The Most Mesmerizing Design Moments of Salone del Mobile," 18 Apr. 2019 Scully’s haze-filled, mysterious lighting design is evocative, the eight dancers slipping in and out of the shadows magically, thrillingly. Janine Parker, BostonGlobe.com, "At Jacob’s Pillow, lush wonders from A.I.M. by Kyle Abraham," 1 Aug. 2019 The simple, domed structures — evocative of the desert aesthetic of Tatooine in the film franchise — came to public attention in early July when they were mentioned in a Forbes story about West. Los Angeles Times, "Kanye West’s ‘Star Wars’ domes for homeless hit a snag in Calabasas," 9 Aug. 2019 Both books are evocative of Beaumont and the Gulf Coast. Dallas News, "Author Lisa Sandlin talks 'The Bird Boys,' mystery writing and why Beaumont is a fine locale for noir," 23 July 2019 That is the name of his firm’s whizzy command centre in California, which is evocative of a Pentagon war room. The Economist, "Global supply chainsSupply chains are undergoing a dramatic transformation," 11 July 2019

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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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