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Pronunciation:  `invu'keyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of appealing for help
  2. [n]  calling up a spirit or devil
  3. [n]  an incantation used in conjuring or summoning a devil
  4. [n]  a prayer asking God's help as part of a religious service

INVOCATION is a 10 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: conjuration, conjuring, conjury, supplication
 See Also: conjuration, divine service, effectuation, evocation, implementation, incantation, magic, orison, petition, prayer, religious service, rogation, service, summoning



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

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

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