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[ev-uh-key-shuh n, ee-voh-key-] /ˌɛv əˈkeɪ ʃən, ˌi voʊˈkeɪ-/
an act or instance of evoking; a calling forth:
the evocation of old memories.
Law. (formerly) an action of a court in summoning a case from another, usually lower, court for purposes of complete review and decision, as on an appeal in which the issue is incidental or procedural and the court of first instance has not yet rendered a decision on its merits; the removal of a case from one court to another.
Origin of evocation
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English evocacioun < Latin ēvocātiōn- (stem of ēvocātiō) calling forth, out, equivalent to ēvocāt(us) (past participle of ēvocāre to evoke) + -iōn- -ion
Can be confused
avocation, evocation. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for evocation
  • All it professes to be is a pictorial evocation of a distinguished personality.
  • McPhee brings far-flung worlds to life through artful, exacting observation and evocation.
  • The argument that the evocation of color is related to the skin color doesn't make sense.
  • His deadpan evocation of flat, bright figures had an everyday quality that linked them to commercial art and popular culture.
  • And she comes dazzlingly close to a formal evocation of that violence and confusion in the first part of this three-part work.
  • Instead, it achieves a timeless feel through its evocation of slowly mounting existential dread.
  • It presents the metaphysics of anti-realism through a total evocation of reality.
  • Listen to the predominant fashion in rock vocalizing: it's an evocation or parody of operatic singing.
  • It explicitly focuses on the three characteristics of evocation, collaboration and autonomy.
  • Licensees who fail to correct their non-filing or delinquency will be subject to license suspension or evocation.
British Dictionary definitions for evocation


the act or an instance of evoking
(French law) the transference of a case from an inferior court for adjudication by a higher tribunal
another word for induction (sense 6)
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ēvocātiō a calling forth, from ēvocāre to evoke
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Word Origin and History for evocation

1570s, from Latin evocationem (nominative evocatio), noun of action from past participle stem of evocare "call out, rouse, summon," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + vocare "to call" (see voice (n.)).

Evocation was used of the Roman custom of petitioning the gods of an enemy city to abandon it and come to Rome; it also was used to translate the Platonic Greek anamnesis "a calling up of knowledge acquired in a previous state of existence."

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evocation in Medicine

evocation ev·o·ca·tion (ěv'ə-kā'shən, ē'və-)
The induction of a particular tissue produced by the action of an evocator during embryogenesis.

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