Definitions

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.

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  • 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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Examples

  • Nothing Geoff Dyer has written before is as wonderfully unbridled, as dead-on in evocation of place, longing, and the possibility of neurotic enlightenment, as irrepressibly entertaining as Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi.

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  • I know he's not the characters in his songs, but the evocation is strong, ain't it?

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  • The evocation is a funky post-apocalyptic underwater future set in a scene from the inside cover of Parliament's

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  • I stared into the pallid milk of dawn and the words came out aloud: "To see and to be." in what I must call the evocation of spirits, though I do not know what they are, in the power of creating magical illusions, in the visions of truth in the depths of the mind when the eyes are closed; and I believe in [several] doctrines, which have, as I think, been handed down from early times, and been the foundations of nearly all magical practices.

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  • He never however renounced a kind of evocation, a calling forth that truly defines deconstruction.

    Jacques Derrida

  • As for enlisting the resourceful Wilma production for being "more evocative of the real-life Housman's seething emotions than the text itself," Mr. Mendelsohn unluckily picks an evocation which is prescribed in the stage directions.

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  • With this specific kind of evocation of dread and allure, it has to be something off of Massive Attack's

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  • Myung Dong refers to a high-rent, youth-oriented shopping district in Seoul, thus "1st Avenue" is a kind of evocation of both Fifth Avenue and SoHo.

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  • Avenue "is a kind of evocation of both Fifth Avenue and SoHo.

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  • I ascend into its column and find an evocation of unfiltered being.

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  • The snow looked like a fall of ash. History's given snow new evocation options: tickertape parades; Nazi crematoria; World Cup Finals; 9/11 fallout. From "The Last Werewolf" by Glen Duncan.

    February 26, 2012