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in·vo·ca·tion

 (ĭn′və-kā′shən)
n.
1. The act or an instance of invoking, especially an appeal to a higher power for assistance.
2. A prayer or other formula used in invoking, as at the opening of a religious service.
3.
a. The act of conjuring up a spirit by incantation.
b. An incantation used in conjuring.

[Middle English invocacion, from Old French, from Latin invocātiō, invocātiōn-, from invocātus, past participle of invocāre, to invoke; see invoke.]

in′vo·ca′tion·al adj.

invocation

(ˌɪnvəˈkeɪʃən)
n
1. the act of invoking or calling upon some agent for assistance
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a prayer asking God for help, forgiveness, etc, esp as part of a religious service
3. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) an appeal for inspiration and guidance from a Muse or deity at the beginning of a poem
4. (Other Non-Christian Religions)
a. the act of summoning a spirit or demon from another world by ritual incantation or magic
b. the incantation used in this act
ˌinvoˈcational adj
invocatory adj

in•vo•ca•tion

(ˌɪn vəˈkeɪ ʃən)

n.
1. the act of invoking or calling upon a deity, spirit, etc., for aid, protection, inspiration, or the like; supplication.
2. any petitioning or supplication for help or aid.
3. a form of prayer invoking God's presence, said at the beginning of a public or religious ceremony.
4. an entreaty for guidance from a Muse, deity, etc., at the beginning of an epic poem.
5. an incantation.
6. the act of referring to something, as a concept or document, for support and justification.
7. the enforcing or use of a legal or moral precept or right.
[1325–75; Middle English < Latin]
in•voc′a•to•ry (-ˈvɒk əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i) adj.

invocation

The calling down of a spirit to be manifested in a physical form.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.invocation - a prayer asking God's help as part of a religious serviceinvocation - a prayer asking God's help as part of a religious service
divine service, religious service, service - the act of public worship following prescribed rules; "the Sunday service"
orison, petition, prayer - reverent petition to a deity
rogation - a solemn supplication ceremony prescribed by the church
2.invocation - an incantation used in conjuring or summoning a devil
conjuration, incantation - a ritual recitation of words or sounds believed to have a magical effect
3.invocation - calling up a spirit or devilinvocation - calling up a spirit or devil  
magic, thaumaturgy - any art that invokes supernatural powers
summoning, evocation - calling up supposed supernatural forces by spells and incantations
4.invocation - the act of appealing for help
effectuation, implementation - the act of implementing (providing a practical means for accomplishing something); carrying into effect

invocation

noun
1. appeal, request, petition, beseeching, solicitation, entreaty an invocation for divine guidance
2. prayer, chant, supplication, orison Please stand for the invocation.
3. citation, mention, appeal to, calling on, reference to, allusion to the invocation of 301 legislation

invocation

noun
The act of praying:
Translations
تَوَسُّل، تَضَرُّع
prosba
påkaldelse
ákall
dovolávanie sa

invocation

[ˌɪnvəʊˈkeɪʃən] Ninvocación f

invocation

nBeschwörung f; (Eccl) → Invokation f; an invocation to the muses (Liter) → eine Anrufung der Musen

invocation

[ˌɪnvəʊˈkeɪʃən] ninvocazione f

invoke

(inˈvəuk) verb
to appeal to (some power, eg God, the law etc) for help etc.
invocation (invəˈkeiʃən) noun
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236) The invitation requested "that the prayer opportunity not be exploited as an effort to convert others to the particular faith of the invocational speaker, nor to disparage any faith or belief different than that of the invocational speaker.
2007) (distinguishing Hein as "inapposite" in upholding municipal taxpayer standing to sue county board of commissioners and county planning commission for practice of beginning meetings with invocational prayers).
AU received complaints that officials at the McKinney Independent School District opened mandatory teacher training with an invocational prayer in the fall of 2003.