in-vocation

invocation

[in-vuh-key-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act of invoking or calling upon a deity, spirit, etc., for aid, protection, inspiration, or the like; supplication.
2.
any petitioning or supplication for help or aid.
3.
a form of prayer invoking God's presence, especially one said at the beginning of a religious service or public ceremony.
4.
an entreaty for aid and guidance from a Muse, deity, etc., at the beginning of an epic or epiclike poem.
5.
the act of calling upon a spirit by incantation.
6.
the magic formula used to conjure up a spirit; incantation.
7.
the act of calling upon or referring to something, as a concept or document, for support and justification in a particular circumstance.
8.
the enforcing or use of a legal or moral precept or right.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English invocacio(u)n < Latin invocātiōn- (stem of invocātiō). See invocate, -ion

invocatory [in-vok-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , adjective
preinvocation, noun
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invocation (ˌɪnvəˈkeɪʃən)
 
n
1.  the act of invoking or calling upon some agent for assistance
2.  a prayer asking God for help, forgiveness, etc, esp as part of a religious service
3.  an appeal for inspiration and guidance from a Muse or deity at the beginning of a poem
4.  a.  the act of summoning a spirit or demon from another world by ritual incantation or magic
 b.  the incantation used in this act
 
invo'cational
 
adj
 
invocatory
 
adj

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invocation
late 14c., from O.Fr. invocation (12c.), from L. invocationem, noun of action from invocare (see invoke).
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