evoc·a·tive | \i-ˈvä-kə-tiv \

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 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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The collection highlights candid photographs of punk's golden age alongside evocative shots of New York City to produce an immersive visual experience, curated to support and elevate emerging talent. Sofia Mele, Billboard, "Blondie Set to Perform at Vans House Party in Brooklyn With Liz Phair and SASAMI," 10 July 2018 Pierre Cottereau’s evocative lighting and cinematography, a haunting, string-heavy score by Warren Ellis and deft production design by Emmanuelle Cuillery round out this transporting portrait. Gary Goldstein, latimes.com, "Review: Vincent Cassel's soulful portrayal propels vivid 'Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti'," 10 July 2018 Their evocative and melodic ballads resonate with fans of Crosby, Stills & Nash and Joni Mitchell. Jeff Milo, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit music: Idiot Kids at Outer Limits, Nick Speed at the Old Miami," 5 July 2018 In one evocative scene, LeDuff warns a black rental-car clerk that his customers, a Ku Klux Klan leader and his assistant, are members of America's oldest hate group. Sam Quinones, chicagotribune.com, "A gonzo tour of what ails America," 29 June 2018 Director John Doyle's trademark stripped-down approach was an evocative fit last season for Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's Pacific Overtures at Classic Stage Company. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Carmen Jones': Theater Review," 28 June 2018 At curtain, ethereal lights rise on a shadowy cosmos represented by stage fog, evocative costumes, music and free-style dance movement (one cast member twirls a spinning globe) as a prelude to video clips from interviews with real people. Patti Restivo, Howard County Times, "In 'Making Advances,' a staged revolution," 14 June 2018 The final part of the exhibit features a darkened room, evocative of a security office, with screens depicting surveillance images. Cathy Horyn, The Cut, "Eckhaus Latta Will Open a Shoppable Gallery Show at the Whitney," 29 May 2018 The richness of the texture, the evocative quality of the writing, along with the use of chant between movements makes it a truly beautiful experience. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "KC Symphony takes on a user-friendly adaptation of Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle | The Kansas City Star," 24 May 2018

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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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