Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To summon or call forth: actions that evoked our mistrust.
  • transitive v. To call to mind by naming, citing, or suggesting: songs that evoke old memories.
  • transitive v. To create anew, especially by means of the imagination: a novel that evokes the Depression in accurate detail.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To cause the manifestation of something (emotion, picture, etc.) in someone's mind or imagination.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To call out; to summon forth.
  • transitive v. To call away; to remove from one tribunal to another.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To call or summon forth or out.
  • To call away; remove from one tribunal to another.

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

  • v. call to mind
  • v. evoke or provoke to appear or occur
  • v. call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
  • v. deduce (a principle) or construe (a meaning)
  • v. summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic

Etymologies

Latin ēvocāre : ē-, ex-, ex- + vocāre, to call; see wekw- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin ēvocō ("callout, summon"), from ex ("out") and vocō ("call") (confer English "voice"), via French évoquer. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And what happens when your textualist/originalist not only lacks the staggering erudition the terms evoke, but turns out to be a present-minded historian with a taste for Humpty Dumpty, declaring words to mean precisely what he intends them tomean?

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Debating Textualism

  • Oddly enough, in contrast to Mr Anonymous's (teeth achingly-patronising) suggestion that rebellion against Empire leads inevitably to children growing up in a meaningless, nihilistic world (the children! think of the children!), I'm quite happy to judge myself by the accumulated affection and/or scorn that I manage to evoke from the people that matter to me.

    THE HALLS OF PENTHEUS -- PART FOUR

  • I reread a couple of Ramona books this week (they're just being republished by HarperCollins with uniform illustrations by Tracy Dockray) and was impressed by the intensity of identification they evoke from the reader for Ramona.

    And what will she

  • What the terms do not evoke is the roistering figure of Pancho Villa, who would be as out of place among a group of spike-helmeted Prussian militarists, as Jesse Jackson at an Aryan Nations rally.

    Pancho Villa as a German Agent...

  • The description of the cultural and physical coarsening which the circumstances evoke is masterly.

    Nobel Prize in Literature 1991 - Press Release

  • A striking trait of actively multiplying, neoplastic cells is their ability to evoke from the adjacent tissue the blood vessels and structural support needed for the production and maintenance of the growths they are capable of forming.

    Peyton Rous - Nobel Lecture

  • Prayer, preferably in Latin, evoke more vividly the Last Supper of Jesus?

    Joseph S. O'Leary homepage

  • Not only does their name evoke My Bloody Valentine, but the sounds - and I mean this as a compliment - definitely owe much to those seminal albums Isn't Anything and Loveless.

    17 seconds

  • Unfortunatley, such ads can be annoying to readers, and one emotion you don’t want your blog to evoke is annoyance.

    Always Ask Yourself: What Would the Reader Want (WWRW)? | Write to Done

  • When diplomatic cables detail discussion between State Department representatives and the president of Yemen over which government will take public responsibility for the U.S. drone attacks causing rising numbers of civilian Yemeni deaths and the inevitable outrage those deaths justifiably evoke, that is not diplomacy.

    Phyllis Bennis: WikiLeaks: War, Diplomacy & Ban ki-Moon's Toothbrush

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