invocation

noun
in·​vo·​ca·​tion | \ ˌin-və-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce invocation (audio) \

Definition of invocation

1a : the act or process of petitioning for help or support specifically, often capitalized : a prayer of entreaty (as at the beginning of a service of worship)
b : a calling upon for authority or justification
2 : a formula for conjuring : incantation
3 : an act of legal or moral implementation : enforcement

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Other Words from invocation

invocational \ ˌin-​və-​ˈkā-​shnəl How to pronounce invocational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
invocatory \ in-​ˈvä-​kə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce invocatory (audio) \ adjective

Examples of invocation in a Sentence

his repeated invocations of the ancient philosophers justifying his position by invocation of the past The poem begins with an invocation of the Muses. They began the meeting with an invocation.
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The Castro regime enthusiastically circulated photographs of the British delegation in front of a Che Guevara icon in Havana, a tired and gimmicky invocation of 1960s radical chic that’s even more farcical in the 21st century. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Prince Charles and the Torturers," 31 Mar. 2019 In other ways, though, Allison’s invocation of Thucydides feels too neat. Clay Chandler, Fortune, "Are the U.S. and China "Destined for War"?," 2 June 2018 Michelle Shortt of the Satanic Temple of Tucson was scheduled to preside over the council’s invocation in July 2016. Washington Post, "Satanic Temple sues Arizona city to lead city council prayer," 27 Feb. 2018 Smith gave the invocation at his Memphis local’s remembrance of his colleagues and was recognized at Clayborn Temple a few weeks later. Adelle M. Banks, Houston Chronicle, "Remembering King’s last sermon with renewed hope," 1 Apr. 2018 Blocking prayer in school: In 1992, George H.W. Bush sought to galvanize the religious right by seizing on a case involving a clergyman who delivered an invocation and benediction at a public junior high school graduation ceremony in Rhode Island. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Five times Anthony Kennedy was the fifth vote shows the significance of his retirement," 28 June 2018 The invocation of Christian beliefs, Bible readings and prayer were regular features of school board meetings in the Chino Valley Unified School District in California. Joe Palazzolo, WSJ, "Prayers at School Board Meetings Test Church-State Divide," 27 Dec. 2018 Present the evidence that will justify an invocation of the 25th Amendment, or an impeachment, or at the very least, the first necessary step toward either outcome, a Democratic Congress after the November elections. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "In defense of the New York Times’s anonymous Trump official," 6 Sep. 2018 On the right, Trump's defenders justifiably bristle at invocations of Hitler and the Holocaust. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump’s hard-line view of immigration draws parallels to the 1930s," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of invocation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for invocation

Middle English invocacioun, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French invocation, from Latin invocation-, invocatio, from invocare

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invocation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of invocation

formal : the act of mentioning or referring to someone or something in support of your ideas : the act of invoking something
literary : the act of asking for help or support especially from a god
US : a prayer for blessing or guidance at the beginning of a service, ceremony, etc.

invocation

noun
in·​vo·​ca·​tion | \ ˌin-və-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce invocation (audio) \

Legal Definition of invocation

1 : a calling upon for authority or justification
2 : an act of legal implementation an invocation of the contract clause

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