Definitions of invocation

  1. calling up a spirit or devil Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. an incantation used in conjuring or summoning a devil Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. The act or form of calling for the assistance or presence of some superior being; earnest and solemn entreaty; esp., prayer offered to a divine being. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A call or summons; especially, a judicial call, demand, or order; as, the invocation of papers or evidence into court. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The act or form of addressing in prayer, or calling for the help of some superior being. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. The act of invoking; prayer at the opening of a service. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. The act of addressing or of calling on in prayer; a judicial call or demand. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Usage examples for invocation

  1. The arresting and solemn invocation had always had for Craven a peculiar fascination, and as the last lingering notes died away it was not purely from a motive of expediency that he followed the common impulse and knelt among the prostrate Arabs. – The Shadow of the East by E. M. Hull
  2. The Baroness, who should have been greeted on her return to the stage with the pleasing invocation Oh, Clytemnestra, radiant as the dawn," heard instead the imperious voice of Lady Thistledale ordering her carriage, and something like a storm of open discord going on at the back of the room. – The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki