Definition of invocation in English:


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  • 1The action of invoking something or someone for assistance or as an authority.

    ‘the invocation of new disciplines and methodologies’
    • ‘This affinity almost declares itself when he quotes Orwell endorsing Milton's invocation of ‘the known rules of ancient liberty’.’
    • ‘The client then uses its filter registry to invoke the filters during a subsequent method invocation.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, and despite Justice Kirby's ringing invocation of abiding freedoms, there are some pretty good reasons why the suppression order might well be regarded as appropriate in this case.’
    • ‘The most recent invocation came during a press conference this week in which the CPC Central Committee's Organization Department deputy head Li Jingtian fielded questions from the press.’
    • ‘Communal politics and sectarianism depends on the creation of religious hatreds and divides, the assertion and invocation of continual self-pity and victim hood.’
    • ‘Perhaps Brandis's ill-considered invocation of the rise of Nazism will have a salutary effect after all, if it spurs his intended targets among the Greens to study this background further.’
    • ‘But the the most compelling environmental feat, on the mostly open stage, is her invocation of the oppressive and threatening mood that hangs over even moments of playfulness.’
    • ‘In On Belief, Zizek in effect counters Lewis's argument with his invocation of the existential Heidegger.’
    • ‘I fear that the shameless invocation of democratic imagery to shroud fundamentally anti-democratic action is gradually seeping in and taking hold of Australia Felix.’
    • ‘The arousal of pseudo ‘nationalistic fervour’ by the continuous invocation of a foreign threat as the source of all problems is only the first point of similarity.’
    • ‘I know you can attempt an experimental structure for a poem, even try a mindmap I suppose, but the best invocation of a thought is still transferred from human to human by words and nicely structured words are best.’
    • ‘His rather bizarre invocation of the 1998 Waterfront dispute as an example of ‘courage’ in his policy speech can only be justified by this idée fixe.’
    • ‘You may make of that what you will, but we find ourselves confronted by the artist's apparently blasé invocation of the beauty of nature and her means of achieving it by destroying nature.’
    • ‘‘Purge the evil,’ some chanted in Chinese, a common Falun Gong invocation.’
    • ‘I know that the Prime Minister's invocation of ‘education, education, education’ has become a political cliche, but he is right.’
    • ‘It may even have been a fine speech - his closing passage, with its invocation of his family's suffering under Hitler, was unusual and quietly emotional.’
    • ‘The parliament will be fully involved in any decision on invocation of the safeguard clauses.’
    • ‘That may not be the most compelling reason to stop the war, but it should certainly temper her teary-eyed invocation of soldier mythology.’
    • ‘I hear cries of outrange from the human rights campaigners, and in invocation of the Human Rights Act.’
    citation, mention, acknowledgement, calling on
    summoning, bringing, calling, conjuring, conjuring up
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    1. 1.1The summoning of a deity or the supernatural.
      • ‘his invocation of the ancient mystical powers’
    2. 1.2An incantation used to invoke a deity or the supernatural.
      ‘The opening line of the invocation is, ‘In faith that we are Buddha, we enter Buddha's Way.’’
      • ‘I reproduce below Duggal's translation of the invocation and the first verse followed by my rendering of the same.’
      • ‘All functions, even a lecture in the University, begin with the invocation and even as most men wear Western coats and trousers, no one wears a necktie because it reminds them of the Cross and Christianity.’
      • ‘This invocation, replete with rich mythological allusions, has been an important item in the devotional repertoire of all Kashmir Hindus for the last several decades.’
      • ‘The priestess resumed the invocation with nary a whit of acknowledgment.’
      • ‘The fax of the letter that I received, unlike the version published in the Arabic newspapers has ‘from’ after the invocation of God, and three ellipses showing that the name has been deleted.’
      • ‘The Family Research Council has sought to clarify its position on prayers uttered before Congress after an article in its online publication criticized a precedent-breaking invocation by a Hindu priest.’
      • ‘A type of poetic singing in the Araucanian language includes the reciting of legends, special invocations and prayers, and stories associated with the forces of life and death.’
      • ‘Unlike devotional invocations and prayers attached with other classical Indian dances, Bhangra, one may unhesitatingly say, is closer to nature and has a worker-like, down-to-earth theme.’
      • ‘The elaborate pharmacopeia of ancient times was now replaced by supernatural invocations - prayers, incantations, amulets, and exorcisms.’
      • ‘The ongoing use of specific sigils, alphabets, glyphs, invocations, deities, though-forms, etc is what makes the systems so powerful.’
      • ‘Indeed, to the uninitiated, the mysteries surrounding it are not dissimilar to the weird invocations of some ancient cult.’
      • ‘On another point - I like the idea that one should form a relationship with the deity as a precursor to a full invocation.’
      • ‘Study of primitive peoples who believe in the supernatural can produce many examples of the results of incantations, potions, charms, rites or invocations.’
      • ‘They have selected prayers for peace, which I don't particularly like (probably because they're all a bit hackneyed), but also a couple of ways of choosing random celebrations, invocations and meditations.’
      • ‘This course will not practice or discuss at length any rituals, spells, or invocations.’
      • ‘Held at NASA's Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas, the service opened with an invocation partly in Hebrew by a navy rabbi and the hymns, God of Our Fathers and Eternal Father.’
      • ‘The ceremony begins with chanted invocations and prayers, accompanied by the urgings of horns, cymbals and drums.’
      • ‘Because it is primarily expressed through ritual action, mena can be described as an acting agent in chants, invocations, and other forms of evocation directed at natural or supernatural spheres.’
    3. 1.3(in the Christian Church) a form of words such as “In the name of the Father” introducing a prayer, sermon, etc.
      ‘Thanksgiving and public prayer, the invocation of the name of God at the occasion of any major official gathering, are, in the practical behavior of the nation, a token of this very same spirit and inspiration.’
      • ‘Make the presentation much more prayerlike, an invocation for the Spirit to help us with our own baptismal vows.’
      • ‘True to form, he gave what amounted to a sermon, complete with invocations of god and a biblical quotation.’
      • ‘These should include the Lord's Prayer, a confession and absolution, a short reading from the Gospels with a request to our Lord for his help, and an invocation of the Holy Spirit.’
      • ‘As he ended his sermon with a solemn invocation of the Trinity, the angels (in one version it is the stones of a rocky valley) responded ‘Amen, very venerable Bede.’’
      • ‘The cycle of weekly liturgies, the daily routine of morning prayer and evening song, and the unceasing invocation of the name of Jesus were intimately connected and interactively life-giving as blood cells in a body.’
      • ‘Be met not with a Te Deum or an awe-inspiring invocation, but with a chatty ‘Hi-ya, seekers, let's have a friendly time today.’’
      • ‘An excerpt from the landmark Supreme Judicial Court decision that legalized gay marriage was read as an invocation at the Unitarian Universalist church.’
      • ‘I have to tolerate mandatory formations being opened with an invocation by the chaplain.’
      • ‘I remember my disbelief when the cell phone on the belt of the man next to me rang during a Yule invocation.’
      • ‘Indeed, children in the family setting may hear similar invocations and benedictions at inaugurals and other public ceremonies.’
      • ‘A pre-Christmas service was held at the same venue where an invocation prayer was offered.’
      • ‘By combining Horatian meter with a simple but passionate invocation of the Christian God, Johnson moves from the world of classical Latin to the prayers and hymns of the early Church Fathers.’
      • ‘There are many invocations of Mary amongst Latin Americans.’
      • ‘The invocation started with a soulful rendition of the prayer song by the younger students of Upasana.’
      • ‘Twenty-one solemn pieces and invocations to 95 saints were sung by a male soloist and the responses were delivered pitch perfect by a practised congregation.’
      • ‘A majority of students and parents feel a need to mark graduations with religious invocations.’
      • ‘The local minister who delivered the invocation declared, ‘Thank you, God, for a president who protects our liberty while others cower behind diplomacy.’’
      • ‘The Reverend David Allen, President Allen's brother-in-law, gave the invocation after asking the audience to join in a moment of silence for caregivers and military personnel around the world.’
      • ‘Geoff was back, the invocation and anthem were over, and it was time to go racing.’
      prayer, request, intercession, supplication, call, entreaty, solicitation, petition, appeal, suit
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/ˌinvəˈkāSH(ə)n/ /ˌɪnvəˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/


Late Middle English via Old French from Latin invocatio(n-), from the verb invocare (see invoke).