invocation

noun

in·​vo·​ca·​tion ˌin-və-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce invocation (audio)
1
a
: 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
invocational adjective
invocatory 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Some timing info for today’s pre-race events, from NASCAR: the invocation is set for 3:24 p.m. Shane Connuck, Charlotte Observer, 2 June 2024 Driver introductions are coming up at 2:25 p.m. Dana Byron, the mother of William, will give today’s invocation at 2:54 p.m. Shane Connuck, Charlotte Observer, 12 May 2024 In their place are generic invocations of 21st century feminist and racial-justice fights, plus the occasional dig at the real estate tycoon who became our 45th President, tied precariously together with thin strands of plot that strain believability. Judy Berman, TIME, 2 May 2024 Today’s pre-race schedule: The invocation will be given at 1:54 p.m. Shane Connuck, Charlotte Observer, 28 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for invocation 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of invocation was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Invocation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/invocation. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

invocation

noun
in·​vo·​ca·​tion ˌin-və-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce invocation (audio)
1
a
: the act or process of asking for help or support
b
: a prayer for blessing or guidance (as at the beginning of a religious service)
2
: a formula for calling forth spirits or performing magic : incantation
invocational
-shnəl How to pronounce invocation (audio)
-shən-ᵊl
adjective

Legal Definition

invocation

noun
in·​vo·​ca·​tion ˌin-və-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce invocation (audio)
1
: a calling upon for authority or justification
2
: an act of legal implementation
an invocation of the contract clause

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