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invocation (ˌɪnvəˈkeɪʃən)
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

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