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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Among other functions, priestesses probably chanted prayers and invocations to the deities.
▪ At times, feminist invocations of psychology ignore or even reproduce traditional psychology's gender biases.
▪ The existence of the covenant, however, provides the possibility of its future invocation.
▪ Will they see this as largely superstitious - the invocation of a kind of magic?
The Collaborative International 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!

    The whole poem is a prayer to Fortune, and the invocation is divided between the two deities.

  2. (Law) A call or summons; especially, a judicial call, demand, or order; as, the invocation of papers or evidence into court.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "petition (to God or a god) for aid or comfort; invocation, prayer;" also "a summoning of evil spirits," from Old French invocacion (12c.), from Latin invocationem (nominative invocatio), noun of action from past participle stem of invocare "to call upon, invoke, appeal to" (see invoke).

  1. n. a prayer asking God's help as part of a religious service [syn: supplication]

  2. an incantation used in conjuring or summoning a devil

  3. calling up a spirit or devil [syn: conjuring, conjuration, conjury]

  4. the act of appealing for help


An invocation (from the Latin verbinvocare "to call on, invoke, to give") may take the form of:

  • Supplication, prayer or spell.
  • A form of possession.
  • Command or conjuration.
  • Self-identification with certain spirits.

These forms are described below, but are not mutually exclusive. See also Theurgy.

Invocation (Sympathy album)

Invocation is the 2002 debut album by the Canadian technical death metal band Sympathy. The album was published by Fear Dark, a Dutch record label.

Although suffering from low production values, the album got positive feedback in underground metal circles and magazines such as BW & BK and was mentioned in Metal Maniacs magazine as one of the reader's albums of the year for 2002. Noted for solid songwriting, Sympathy has since re-recorded several of the album's songs with better production.

The music features deep growling, occasional shrieking, heavily-distorted guitar sound, plenty of tempo-changes and atonal riffs, some symphonic keyboards and computer drums. "Prelude and Toccata in e Minor" is a piano instrumental, and "Christus Factus Est" features operatic female vocals. The album cover was done by Jeffray Arwadi of Soundmind Graphics, also known as the guitarist/vocalist for the Indonesian avant-garde metal band Kekal.

Invocation (The X-Files)

"Invocation" is the fifth episode of the eighth season of the American science fiction television series The X-Files. It premiered on the Fox network on . The episode was written by David Amman and directed by Richard Compton. "Invocation" is a "Monster-of-the-Week" story, unconnected to the series' wider mythology. The episode received a Nielsen rating of 8.2 and was viewed by 13.9 million viewers. Overall, the episode received mixed reviews from critics.

The series centers on FBI special agents Dana Scully ( Gillian Anderson) and her new partner John Doggett ( Robert Patrick)—following the alien abduction of her former partner, Fox Mulder ( David Duchovny)—who work on cases linked to the paranormal, called X-Files. In this episode, a little boy mysteriously reappears after having been kidnapped for ten years. However, he has not aged one bit after his disappearance. While the case stirs up painful memories for Doggett, suspicion stirs that the boy is not all he seems.

"Invocation" would introduce both the character of Luke Doggett, the deceased son of John Doggett, as well as a story arc involving his father trying to solve his murder. A majority of the episode was filmed in Pasadena, California.

Invocation (William Lloyd Webber album)

Invocation is a CD of music by the composer William Lloyd Webber.

Invocation (Dew-Scented album)

Invocation is the eighth studio album by German thrash metal/ death metal band Dew-Scented, released in 2010 in Europe through Metal Blade Records and in the United States through Prosthetic Records

Invocation (disambiguation)

Invocation is a form of supplication or prayer.

Invocation may also refer to:

  • Invocation (Universal Sufism), the main centering prayer of Universal Sufis
  • Invocational media, a communications technology
  • Invocation (William Lloyd Webber album), 1998
  • Invocation (Sympathy album), 2002
  • Invocation (Dew-Scented album), 2010
  • "Invocation", opening track from The Carpenters', 1969 Ticket to Ride debut album
  • "Invocation" (The X-Files), an episode of the television series The X-Files
  • Function calls in computing are referred as function invocations.
  • Implicit invocation a style of software architecture in which a system is structured around event handling

Usage examples of "invocation".

Then, having issued a solemn invocation of the Supreme Being, he stepped down from the platform to a table at the front of the chamber, where Chief Justice Oliver Ellsworth administered the oath of office, Adams energetically repeating the words.

The blacks were frothing crazy now, shaking and tearing at their chains and shrieking the name of Amra like an invocation.

I assumed were the Bacchic versions of invocation, homily, benediction and so on.

Then the litanies of the ritual were unfolded, the invocation to all the Saints, the flight of the Kyrie Eleison, calling Heaven to the aid of miserable humanity, mounting each time with great outbursts, like the fume of incense.

The original German song itself has come down to American and English children, and enthusiastic folklorists see in it a relic of the ancient tree worship and an invocation of Frau Holda, the goddess of love and spring of our Teutonic ancestors.

In that heart-stopping ululation of the blood trill, the invocation to violence that the heart of the African warrior cannot resist, the sound struck the jostling press of Gallas like a whip, stroke and their bodies convulsed and their voices rose in an answering blood roar.

Also engraved in minute detail were an invocation in Greek and the names of Oroiouth, Iao, and Yahweh.

Reform rabbi to give a nonsectarian invocation at a high school graduation ceremony on the perfectly plausible grounds that Rhode Island was trying to establish Reform Judaism as the official state religion.

With fervor, she gave herself also to her pagan invocations to those spirits of Zootheism and personified elements of Nature, so real even to the modern Cherokee, esteemed so potent in the ordering of human affairs.

In many of the circles I have conducted there have been people of many religions and faiths brought together by the love of God the Father, worshipping Him in the communion of a spiritual circle, blessed by the prayers and invocations to Him.

Kneeling beneath it, holding up his offering, the halfgod intoned a formal invocation to the goddess.

Dragonfly, he stopped to look over the hundreds of messages, invocations, and pleas written on wooden tags and hung from the message board near the massive gate.

Sobrinini to wring her withered hands and mutter invocations to her gods.

But I, what with my heavy burden and long journy, did nothing differ from a dead asse : wherfore I determined with my self to seek some civil remedy, and by invocation of the name of the prince of the country to be delivered from so many miseries : and on a time I passed through a great faire, I came among a multitude of Greeks, and I thought to call upon the renowned name of the Emperor and say, O Cesar, and cried out aloud O, but Cesar I could in no wise pronounce.

The book has been put together in recent times, and takes the reader through the preliminary consecration, invocations and introductory ceremonies, the rise and progress of the mutual love of Radha and K.