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[in-vuh-key-shuh n] /ˌɪn vəˈkeɪ ʃən/
the act of invoking or calling upon a deity, spirit, etc., for aid, protection, inspiration, or the like; supplication.
any petitioning or supplication for help or aid.
a form of prayer invoking God's presence, especially one said at the beginning of a religious service or public ceremony.
an entreaty for aid and guidance from a Muse, deity, etc., at the beginning of an epic or epiclike poem.
the act of calling upon a spirit by incantation.
the magic formula used to conjure up a spirit; incantation.
the act of calling upon or referring to something, as a concept or document, for support and justification in a particular circumstance.
the enforcing or use of a legal or moral precept or right.
Origin of invocation
1325-75; Middle English invocacio(u)n < Latin invocātiōn- (stem of invocātiō). See invocate, -ion
Related forms
[in-vok-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪnˈvɒk əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
preinvocation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for invocation
  • Formerly there were many churches in that city dedicated under the invocation of these two holy martyrs.
  • Genevieve persuaded the people to build a chapel under his invocation on the spot where the abbey was afterwards founded.
  • By the following years, when such words were all too accurate, they had been somewhat debased by premature invocation.
  • At the time, various people were horrified at the casual invocation of this kind of violent rhetoric.
  • Whereas in the case of this puzzle, somehow the invocation of that module gives a misleading push to one's direction of thought.
  • So the respectable cosmologists above are calling into question the invocation of expanding space in certain situations.
  • For the rest of his life, he went on repeating the same invocation of fatality.
  • Could not generate stub objects for web service invocation.
  • The bindings generation process is presented before summarizing object management and invocation of static and overloaded methods.
  • Object management and invocation of static and overloaded methods are also summarized.
British Dictionary definitions for invocation


the act of invoking or calling upon some agent for assistance
a prayer asking God for help, forgiveness, etc, esp as part of a religious service
an appeal for inspiration and guidance from a Muse or deity at the beginning of a poem
  1. the act of summoning a spirit or demon from another world by ritual incantation or magic
  2. the incantation used in this act
Derived Forms
invocational, adjective
invocatory (ɪnˈvɒkətərɪ; -trɪ) adjective
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Word Origin and History for invocation

late 14c., "petition (to God or a god) for aid or comfort; invocation, prayer;" also "a summoning of evil spirits," from Old French invocacion (12c.), from Latin invocationem (nominative invocatio), noun of action from past participle stem of invocare "to call upon, invoke, appeal to" (see invoke).

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