Definition of evocative in English:



  • Bringing strong images, memories, or feelings to mind.

    ‘powerfully evocative lyrics’
    ‘the building's cramped interiors are highly evocative of past centuries’
    • ‘It is a response that is highly charged, evocative and expressed with an obvious degree of emotional insight.’
    • ‘Her singing voice, in contrast, is strong and helps create a striking and evocative work.’
    • ‘Much has been made of the evocative power of this Icelandic quartet.’
    • ‘This image is perhaps the most detailed and least evocative of those on show.’
    • ‘I thought at the time that this was merely a moving and evocative metaphor for the loss of love.’
    • ‘His powerful and evocative voice and his memory will live on in our hearts.’
    • ‘The study has that evocative smell of newly cut timber and wood glue about it as the components are brought in and leant against the wall.’
    • ‘Now new generations can become acquainted with this powerful, evocative and moving story.’
    • ‘He gathered the dust near the site, and used it to create a hauntingly evocative piece.’
    • ‘I certainly feel he has a way with words and was able to paint some very evocative images, as well explain some dense concepts.’
    • ‘As death draws near, evocative, atmospheric images are offered up to the reader.’
    • ‘Being the best, the stories are in the most vivid and evocative style of narration.’
    • ‘Sarah, 23, aims to bring back evocative memories for anyone with a passion for musicals.’
    • ‘Few symbols are as evocative or as powerful as those that remind us of our childhood.’
    • ‘The remixes here sample the evocative hooks and then simply loop them without the progression that is so much a part of most of his output.’
    • ‘Expect an evocative journey into the heart of darkness where the sins of the past are revisited in the present.’
    • ‘I thought it made an evocative image and leaned into the open with my camera.’
    • ‘But as soon as you put on the headphones and start the audio tour, it becomes a powerfully evocative place.’
    • ‘The image becomes abstract, but is evocative of specific styles of modernist painting.’
    • ‘With little traffic on the roads, travelling by bike remains one of the most evocative ways to explore South America.’
    reminiscent, suggestive, redolent
    resonant with
    expressive, vivid, graphic, powerful, haunting, moving, poignant
    remindful of
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Mid 17th century: from Latin evocativus, from evocat- called forth, from the verb evocare (see evoke).