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Invocation definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

INVOCA'TION, n. [L. invocatio.]
1. The act of addressing in prayer.
2. The form or act of calling for the assistance or presence of any being, particularly of some divinity; as the invocation of the muses.
The whole poem is a prayer to Fortune, and the invocation is divided between the two deities.
3. A judicial call, demand or order; as the invocation of papers or evidence into a court.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a prayer asking God's help as part of a religious service [syn: invocation, supplication]
2: an incantation used in conjuring or summoning a devil
3: calling up a spirit or devil [syn: conjuring, conjuration, conjury, invocation]
4: the act of appealing for help

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English invocacioun, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French invocation, from Latin invocation-, invocatio, from invocare Date: 14th century 1. a. the act or process of petitioning for help or support; specifically often capitalized a prayer of entreaty (as at the beginning of a service of worship) b. a calling upon for authority or justification 2. a formula for conjuring ; incantation 3. an act of legal or moral implementation ; enforcement invocational adjective invocatory adjective

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 the act or an instance of invoking, esp. in prayer. 2 an appeal to a supernatural being or beings, e.g. the Muses, for psychological or spiritual inspiration. 3 Eccl. the words 'In the name of the Father' etc. used as the preface to a sermon etc. Derivatives: invocatory adj. Etymology: ME f. OF f. L invocatio -onis (as INVOKE)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Invocation In`vo*ca"tion, n. [F. invocation, L. invocatio.] 1. 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. Sweet invocation of a child; most pretty and pathetical! --Shak. The whole poem is a prayer to Fortune, and the invocation is divided between the two deities. --Addison. 2. (Law) A call or summons; especially, a judicial call, demand, or order; as, the invocation of papers or evidence into court.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(invocations) 1. An invocation is a request for help or forgiveness made to a god. (FORMAL) ...an invocation for divine guidance. N-VAR: oft N prep 2. An invocation is a prayer at a public meeting, usually at the beginning. (AM) N-COUNT

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Supplication, prayer, petition, orison. 2. Invoking. See invoke.

Moby Thesaurus

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