evoc·​a·​tive i-ˈvä-kə-tiv How to pronounce evocative (audio)
: evoking or tending to evoke an especially emotional response
settings … so evocative that they bring tears to the eyes Eric Malpass
evocatively adverb
evocativeness noun

Example Sentences

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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Word History

First Known Use

1657, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of evocative was in 1657

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“Evocative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evocative. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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evoc·​a·​tive i-ˈväk-ət-iv How to pronounce evocative (audio)
: having the power to evoke an especially emotional response
an evocative photograph

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