from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of evoking.
  • n. Creation anew through the power of the memory or imagination.

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  • n. The act of calling out or forth, or evoking.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of calling out or forth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A calling or bringing from concealment; a calling forth: as, among the ancient Romans, the evocation of the gods of a besieged city to join the besiegers.
  • n. In civil law, the removal of a suit from an inferior to a superior tribunal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. calling up supposed supernatural forces by spells and incantations
  • n. stimulation that calls up (draws forth) a particular class of behaviors
  • n. imaginative re-creation


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