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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
References in classic literature ?
There are other fine words in the language such as fascination, fidelity, also frivolity; and as for invocations there are plenty of them, too; for instance: alas, heaven help me.
Hattersley; if God had heard half your invocations of that kind, you would have been in hell long before now - and you cannot make amends for the past by doing your duty for the future, inasmuch as your duty is only what you owe to your Maker, and you cannot do more than fulfil it: another must make amends for your past delinquencies.
But John Baptist, widely staring, muttering a number of invocations and ejaculations, tremblingly backing into a corner, slipping on his trousers, and tying his coat by the two sleeves round his neck, manifested an unmistakable desire to escape by the door rather than renew the acquaintance.
Pickwick in saying this, and moreover muttered in an excited fashion certain unpleasant invocations concerning his own eyes, limbs, and circulating fluids, the latter gentleman deemed it advisable to pursue the discourse no further.
I now approach a period of my life, which I can never lose the remembrance of, while I remember anything: and the recollection of which has often, without my invocation, come before me like a ghost, and haunted happier times.
In the last act when she began the invocation to the angels, she made all the members of the audience feel as though they too had wings.
Another, and a more satisfactory smoke, succeeded this repast, and sweet slumbers answering the peaceful invocation of our pipes, wrapped us in that delicious rest, which is only won by toil and travail.
and then an invocation to the saint of the day; and then down they all sat, and the solemn (?
In so doing he recited a kind of prayer or invocation, to which, at intervals, the others made responses.
After this invocation the rocking and the singing would recommence, and the "Spotted Cow" proceed as before.
And the invocation was uttered in such a tone as to indicate a rooted antipathy to anything so commonplace, even if she had not added that sequins gave her the sick.
After other interesting exercises, including an invocation from Bishop Nelson, of Georgia, a dedicatory ode by Albert Howell, Jr.