Definition of evocation in US English:



  • 1The act of bringing or recalling a feeling, memory, or image to the conscious mind.

    ‘the vivid evocation of stillness in the title poem’
    ‘the evocation of deep emotions’
    • ‘The poem's theme moves between hope and the evocation of past happiness.’
    • ‘What is really amazing in the choreographic shape of the ballet is the steady, marvellous evocation of water.’
    • ‘The earlier chapters of the novel provide a lively evocation of Oxford life.’
    • ‘We talked about reading and the evocation of sights, sounds, smells, and feelings that books can have when we read them.’
    • ‘He performs a remarkable feat of narrative control: neither the themes, gags, puzzles nor pace of the plot obscure his rich evocation of places and the specificity of his people.’
    1. 1.1 An account or work of art that brings or recalls a feeling, memory, or image to the conscious mind.
      ‘his 560-page epic is a detailed, moving evocation of childhood’
      • ‘The photographs are far from romantic evocations of the seaside and have a disengaged quality about them, lifeless without being sterile.’
      • ‘He provided evocations, picture-postcard memories of a vanishing, or already vanished, urban order.’
      • ‘It's a rich, melancholy evocation of 1945, a rough time in Taiwan's history.’
      • ‘The battles showcase a generalized blur of blood within much frenetic camerawork, but we get very few startling evocations of real mayhem or horror.’
      • ‘In his many evocations, he renders his sense of place and otherness with deliberate diction and well-placed references.’
      • ‘The same year she created her first piece, which was an evocation of a Gothic Virgin.’
    2. 1.2 The action of eliciting a response.
      ‘the mutual evocation of responses through body language’
      • ‘The evocation of a deep emotional response was important to your decision-making.’
      • ‘He hypnotized over 150 subjects and elicited autonomic reactions that led to the evocations of disorders including eczema, asthma, and migraine headache.’
      • ‘This was no shaggy jam session, but a rigorous evocation of a freak-out.’
      • ‘The conclusion of many of his poems is an evocation of wonder.’
      • ‘I loved the clever evocation of a primal fear featured in the many iterations of these songs.’
      • ‘It would be useful to be able to disconnect the recall of a particular set of memories with the evocation of an undesired emotional reaction.’
      • ‘The effects of unpleasant stimulation are presumed to enhance the startle reflex through evocation of learned or innate responses in the amygdala.’
  • 2The action of invoking a spirit or deity.

    ‘the evocation of wandering spirits’
    • ‘His letters are also generally free of the standard evocations of God and his will.’
    • ‘The evocation of given spirits offers more difficulties for mediums than do spontaneous dictations.’
    • ‘By abstaining from the evocation of a given spirit, we open the door to any and every spirit who desires to enter.’
    • ‘The evocation of a spirit is precisely similar in essence.’
    • ‘There is a troubling darkness in its soul, which the righteous rhetoric and cynical evocation of God seem only to enhance.’