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



  • 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 Creighton team playing with coach Greg McDermott under fire for using language evocative of slavery. Dan Gelston, Star Tribune, 3 Mar. 2021 Greekman’s feels subtly evocative without any hokum and serves uplifting food that meshes with the California growing seasons. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 4 Sep. 2021 Rezz embracing the sometimes-creepy, more often-entrancing sound that made her one of the fastest rising stars in the dance scene, while tagging in collaborator Deathpact to add some further intensity to this evocative, pounding new track. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 3 Sep. 2021 All this provides the lightest toehold into this evocative, nonlinear film, rich in atmospherics, mysticism, and song. Lisa Wong Macabasco, Vogue, 3 Sep. 2021 The road to Lake Tahoe skirts the Donner Pass and passes offramps for Gold Run and Secret Town, the evocative remnant of this region’s Gold Country Past. Washington Post, 2 Sep. 2021 Virginia was entirely devoid of speech, instead telling its quiet story through evocative animations, eerie environments, and smartly cinematic editing. Lewis Gordon, Wired, 28 Aug. 2021 From there, Stewart's Diana dances wildly, wears a parade of fashions (including the same dress seen in the evocative first poster NEON released on Wednesday) and struggles with the flash of paparazzi bulbs. Lanford Beard, PEOPLE.com, 26 Aug. 2021 Let your spirit fly high with the evocative sounds of pan flute, charango, Spanish guitar, and los bombos —the backbone of Voces’ signature, contemporary-tinged instrumental and folk music. BostonGlobe.com, 2 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of evocative

1657, in the meaning defined above

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19 Sep 2021

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“Evocative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evocative. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of evocative

: bringing thoughts, memories, or feelings into the mind

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