Definition of evocative in US English:



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

    ‘powerfully evocative lyrics’
    ‘the building's cramped interiors are highly evocative of past centuries’
    • ‘But as soon as you put on the headphones and start the audio tour, it becomes a powerfully evocative place.’
    • ‘Much has been made of the evocative power of this Icelandic quartet.’
    • ‘I thought it made an evocative image and leaned into the open with my camera.’
    • ‘Now new generations can become acquainted with this powerful, evocative and moving story.’
    • ‘I certainly feel he has a way with words and was able to paint some very evocative images, as well explain some dense concepts.’
    • ‘The image becomes abstract, but is evocative of specific styles of modernist painting.’
    • ‘It is a response that is highly charged, evocative and expressed with an obvious degree of emotional insight.’
    • ‘He gathered the dust near the site, and used it to create a hauntingly evocative piece.’
    • ‘His powerful and evocative voice and his memory will live on in our hearts.’
    • ‘This image is perhaps the most detailed and least evocative of those on show.’
    • ‘Her singing voice, in contrast, is strong and helps create a striking and evocative work.’
    • ‘With little traffic on the roads, travelling by bike remains one of the most evocative ways to explore South America.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Being the best, the stories are in the most vivid and evocative style of narration.’
    • ‘I thought at the time that this was merely a moving and evocative metaphor for the loss of love.’
    • ‘Expect an evocative journey into the heart of darkness where the sins of the past are revisited in the present.’
    • ‘As death draws near, evocative, atmospheric images are offered up to the reader.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    reminiscent, suggestive, redolent
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Mid 17th century: from Latin evocativus, from evocat- ‘called forth’, from the verb evocare (see evoke).