Definition of invocation in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The action of invoking someone or something.

    ‘his invocation of the ancient powers of Callanish’
    • ‘But the the most compelling environmental feat, on the mostly open stage, is her invocation of the oppressive and threatening mood that hangs over even moments of playfulness.’
    • ‘This affinity almost declares itself when he quotes Orwell endorsing Milton's invocation of ‘the known rules of ancient liberty’.’
    • ‘You may make of that what you will, but we find ourselves confronted by the artist's apparently blasé invocation of the beauty of nature and her means of achieving it by destroying nature.’
    • ‘There is also the habitual invocation by Chomsky of the precedent of Nazi Germany when discussing Western liberal democracies.’
    • ‘I know you can attempt an experimental structure for a poem, even try a mindmap I suppose, but the best invocation of a thought is still transferred from human to human by words and nicely structured words are best.’
    • ‘In On Belief, Zizek in effect counters Lewis's argument with his invocation of the existential Heidegger.’
    • ‘The parliament will be fully involved in any decision on invocation of the safeguard clauses.’
    • ‘I fear that the shameless invocation of democratic imagery to shroud fundamentally anti-democratic action is gradually seeping in and taking hold of Australia Felix.’
    • ‘I know that the Prime Minister's invocation of ‘education, education, education’ has become a political cliche, but he is right.’
    • ‘His rather bizarre invocation of the 1998 Waterfront dispute as an example of ‘courage’ in his policy speech can only be justified by this idée fixe.’
    • ‘The most recent invocation came during a press conference this week in which the CPC Central Committee's Organization Department deputy head Li Jingtian fielded questions from the press.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, and despite Justice Kirby's ringing invocation of abiding freedoms, there are some pretty good reasons why the suppression order might well be regarded as appropriate in this case.’
    • ‘I hear cries of outrange from the human rights campaigners, and in invocation of the Human Rights Act.’
    • ‘It may even have been a fine speech - his closing passage, with its invocation of his family's suffering under Hitler, was unusual and quietly emotional.’
    • ‘That may not be the most compelling reason to stop the war, but it should certainly temper her teary-eyed invocation of soldier mythology.’
    • ‘The arousal of pseudo ‘nationalistic fervour’ by the continuous invocation of a foreign threat as the source of all problems is only the first point of similarity.’
    • ‘‘Purge the evil,’ some chanted in Chinese, a common Falun Gong invocation.’
    • ‘Communal politics and sectarianism depends on the creation of religious hatreds and divides, the assertion and invocation of continual self-pity and victim hood.’
    • ‘Perhaps Brandis's ill-considered invocation of the rise of Nazism will have a salutary effect after all, if it spurs his intended targets among the Greens to study this background further.’
    • ‘The client then uses its filter registry to invoke the filters during a subsequent method invocation.’
    citation, mention, acknowledgement, calling on
    summoning, bringing, calling
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    1. 1.1[count noun]An incantation used to invoke a deity or the supernatural.
      • ‘As this court shows, the Founders demonstrate by their behavior that the First Amendment was not intended to prohibit states from sanctioning ceremonial invocations of God.’
      • ‘And it is the attempt to make such decisions beyond challenge, through the invocation of a supernatural authority.’
      • ‘In the weeks ahead there will also be invocations to the deity.’
      • ‘In what was, to Renaissance readers, a shocking passage, the Asclepius indicated that statues of gods, in antiquity, were brought to completion through the invocation of demons.’
      • ‘Prayers to God have invocations for health, happiness, and peace on the earth.’
      • ‘Works like these are the focal point of a community's spiritual life, prayers, and invocations for ancestral intervention.’
      • ‘For centuries, we have marked important occasions or pronouncements with references to God and invocations of divine assistance.’
      • ‘He dug through his list of incantations, invocations and other such spells to little avail.’
      • ‘As soon as someone tells us how invocations of the supernatural will help us solve a problem, they will be embraced immediately.’
      • ‘Almost nothing can happen - certainly nothing can be officially opened - without a Maori ceremony, which will frequently include a lifting of tapu, or an invocation to banish spirits.’
    2. 1.2[count noun](in the Christian Church) a form of words such as ‘In the name of the Father’ introducing a prayer, sermon, etc.
      • ‘As he ended his sermon with a solemn invocation of the Trinity, the angels (in one version it is the stones of a rocky valley) responded ‘Amen, very venerable Bede.’’
      • ‘A majority of students and parents feel a need to mark graduations with religious invocations.’
      • ‘Be met not with a Te Deum or an awe-inspiring invocation, but with a chatty ‘Hi-ya, seekers, let's have a friendly time today.’’
      • ‘These should include the Lord's Prayer, a confession and absolution, a short reading from the Gospels with a request to our Lord for his help, and an invocation of the Holy Spirit.’
      • ‘The Reverend David Allen, President Allen's brother-in-law, gave the invocation after asking the audience to join in a moment of silence for caregivers and military personnel around the world.’
      • ‘I have to tolerate mandatory formations being opened with an invocation by the chaplain.’
      • ‘A pre-Christmas service was held at the same venue where an invocation prayer was offered.’
      • ‘Indeed, children in the family setting may hear similar invocations and benedictions at inaugurals and other public ceremonies.’
      • ‘True to form, he gave what amounted to a sermon, complete with invocations of god and a biblical quotation.’
      • ‘The local minister who delivered the invocation declared, ‘Thank you, God, for a president who protects our liberty while others cower behind diplomacy.’’
      • ‘There are many invocations of Mary amongst Latin Americans.’
      • ‘An excerpt from the landmark Supreme Judicial Court decision that legalized gay marriage was read as an invocation at the Unitarian Universalist church.’
      • ‘I remember my disbelief when the cell phone on the belt of the man next to me rang during a Yule invocation.’
      • ‘The invocation started with a soulful rendition of the prayer song by the younger students of Upasana.’
      • ‘Geoff was back, the invocation and anthem were over, and it was time to go racing.’
      • ‘Make the presentation much more prayerlike, an invocation for the Spirit to help us with our own baptismal vows.’
      • ‘The cycle of weekly liturgies, the daily routine of morning prayer and evening song, and the unceasing invocation of the name of Jesus were intimately connected and interactively life-giving as blood cells in a body.’
      • ‘By combining Horatian meter with a simple but passionate invocation of the Christian God, Johnson moves from the world of classical Latin to the prayers and hymns of the early Church Fathers.’
      • ‘Twenty-one solemn pieces and invocations to 95 saints were sung by a male soloist and the responses were delivered pitch perfect by a practised congregation.’
      • ‘Thanksgiving and public prayer, the invocation of the name of God at the occasion of any major official gathering, are, in the practical behavior of the nation, a token of this very same spirit and inspiration.’
      prayer, request, intercession, supplication, call, entreaty, solicitation, petition, appeal, suit
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Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin invocatio(n-), from the verb invocare (see invoke).